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Tuesday, August 17, 1999 Published at 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK

UK: Wales

Millennium Stadium drinkers' 'joy machine'

Thirsty work at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium

A machine capable of serving 12 pints in eight seconds is being fitted at the home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium.

The pump works by pouring up to 12 pints simultaneously from a line-up of nozzles officially called a multiple dispense unit but nicknamed the "joy machine".

It is being installed in most of the 17 bars around the 72,000-capacity £121m stadium in Cardiff - the new home of the Welsh national game.

[ image: Plans for 'joy machine' at new Wembley]
Plans for 'joy machine' at new Wembley
There are also plans to fit the pint-pourer at other stadiums across Britain, including the new Wembley.

In the past, it has been used at rock concerts but this is its debut appearance at a sports stadium.

The system is designed to dispense beer or lager vertically into a pint mug so bar staff do not have to spend time angling glasses.

"All the barman or barmaid has to do is line up 12 glasses under each nozzle and press a button and eight seconds later all dozen are full," explained a spokesman.

"The whole aim is to prevent big queues building up at major events such as rugby internationals.

"One member of staff will press the switch to deliver the pints while another will take customers' money."

The "dream machine" will be used for the first time at this weekend's clash between Wales and Canada.

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