FAW chief Jonathan Ford open to Wales Millennium Stadium return

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium hosted its first football international in 2000

Wales could return to the Millennium Stadium if they qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, says Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford.

Chris Coleman's side are bidding to qualify for their first major tournament finals since 1958.

Cardiff City Stadium will host the remaining home qualifiers but the FAW chief is open to a return to the home of Welsh rugby.

"Let's see where we get with the qualifiers," Ford said.

"We've always had the intention of going back to the Millennium Stadium at some point in the future.

"Hopefully if we continue our winning ways and if the fans are behind the team then we'll be in a situation where we have to take matches to the Millennium Stadium because we can't satisfy our demand."

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.

The majority of home matches since 2011 have been staged at the home of Cardiff City, the venue of Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.

Tickets for the game were sold out within days of Wales' 3-0 win in Israel in March.

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

The FAW could not have switched the Belgium game to the Millennium Stadium even if they had wanted to because the venue cannot be changed within 120 days of the scheduled date.

Ford also ruled out a switch to the Millennium Stadium for the qualifiers against Israel (6 September) and Andorra (13 October) because of the Rugby World Cup.

Belgium top Euro 2016 qualifying Group B with Wales - unbeaten in five games - second on goal difference only.

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