Cardiff is renowned all over the world as one of the great venues to go and watch a rugby match. The buzz around the city on the day of a Wales match is second to none, and the fact that the Principality Stadium is situated right in the centre of the city adds an extra buzz as fans look forward to the match.
Upon entering the arena, if the roof is closed, the decibels rise above the norm as the national anthem is belted out. As far as atmospheres go, it’s pretty much second to none.
However, unfortunately this month there have been some unsavoury reports emerging from Principality Stadium, after a disabled man was verbally abused by some match-goers.
Speaking to the BBC, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael stated that they may need to rethink the alcohol laws at rugby games if problems persist.
“If we have people continually behaving unpleasantly, aggressively and rudely then you are going to see an increase in the calls for alcohol to be banned [at games].
“Behave well because we have a reputation for Cardiff being a safe and pleasant place whether it’s for rugby internationals or for other big events.
“Behave as if the spotlight was on you… as if your mother was with you.
“If that is undermined by people failing to behave responsibly and politely then we will suffer as a nation.”
Here’s hoping that this weekend’s match with South Africa will pass without incident.