Wales will not switch Euro 2016 qualifiers to Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium
Wales drew a crowd in excess of 73,000 at the Millennium Stadium for a game against Finland in 2003.

Wales will not switch any of their remaining Euro 2016 qualifying home matches to the Millennium Stadium.

Saturday's 3-0 win over Israel saw Wales move to the top of Group B, and led to a surge in interest.

However, Chris Coleman's team are keen to remain at the 33,000-seat Cardiff City Stadium and not switch to the 74,000-capacity rugby stadium.

"You won't get a better atmosphere anywhere," said Coleman after Gareth Bale scored twice in the win in Israel.

"When that [Cardiff City] stadium is full with a partisan Welsh crowd there it's absolutely amazing. We've been striving towards it. Now we've got it let's build on it."

Wales are home to Belgium on 12 June, and also play Israel (6 September) and Andorra (13 October) in Cardiff.

The last time Wales played at the Millennium Stadium was the 2-0 defeat by England in March 2011 in front of a crowd of 69,000.

All the home matches in the current campaign have been played at Cardiff City's stadium, which the players consider to be their "home" ground.

"I'd definitely [want to] stay at Cardiff's stadium, it's where we've played games so far it feels like that's out home stadium now," defender Chris Gunter told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"We stay at the same hotel and have the routine - keeping it at the same venue is a good decision by the FAW.

"Why would we move to a stadium a lot of the players haven't played? You don't want to play at a ground that you're not overly familiar with.

"We want every advantage we can get against Belgium, and staying there will do that."

It is already too late to switch the match with Belgium because the venue cannot be changed within 120 days of the scheduled date.

Another issue is that the matches in September and October would clash with the Rugby Union World Cup, with France facing Ireland in Cardiff two days before Chris Coleman's team play Andorra.

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