Cardiff's Principality Stadium to open its doors for Euro 2016 semi-final

Wales meet Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday night

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It may be a rugby country at heart, but the Welsh population is embracing their national team at Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman's team meet Portugal on Lyon on Wednesday night in the semi-final, and while not many Wales fans will be in attendance, back home in Cardiff, they are going all out to make the game as accessible to their fans.

The Welsh Rugby Union have teamed up with the Football Association of Wales to open Cardiff's Principality Stadium to allow fans watch the game on a 100ft big screen on the pitch.

Over 20,000 fans will be allowed into the stadium to watch the game, with thousands more expected to watch in Fan Parks in Swansea and around the country.

Martyn Phillips the Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union revealed he was delighted to open the stadium for such a historic occasion. "As Welsh football supporters all over the world prepare for the greatest international match in the history of the sport on Wednesday, the WRU is proud to be throwing open the doors to host Cardiff's official fanzone in association with the FAW and Cardiff Council."

Cllr Peter Bradbury, from the City of Cardiff Council admitted the idea was brought around to make sure as many fans as possible could watch the match in comfort. "We didn't want anyone to feel left out, so it was important we found a way to increase capacity. Working with the FAW and the WRU to move the Fanzone to Principality will give thousands more a chance to see our boys make history."

If Wales reach the Final, it will be the first time the country has reached the decider of a major international competition.