Sport in Cardiff is dictated by, amongst other things, its position as the capital city of Wales, meaning that national home sporting fixtures are nearly always played in the city. All Wales' multi-sports agencies and many of the country's sports governing bodies have their headquarters in Cardiff and the city's many top quality venues have attracted world famous sports events, sometimes unrelated to Cardiff or to Wales.
The city hosts numerous international sporting events for both Wales and the United Kingdom. Rugby fans around the world have long been familiar with the Cardiff Arms Park, and its successor the Millennium Stadium—a visible presence from in and around the city—and early this century hundreds of thousands of English football and rugby league supporters visited Cardiff for the first time, during the six years (from 2001 to 2006) it took to rebuild Wembley Stadium, as the FA Cup and Rugby League Challenge Cup finals (and several other competitions) were played at the Millennium Stadium. In 2009, Cardiff hosted the first Ashes cricket test, between England and Australia, to be held in Wales. Cardiff hosted eight football matches of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2016, the Stadium was re-branded the Principality Stadium!