CARDIFF WALES STADIUM
Cardiff, CF11 9XR
The Cardiff Wales Stadium is the home of Glamorgan Cricket and an established venue for international cricket. Following an extensive redevelopment, the stadium successfully staged sold-out Ashes Test matches in 2009 and 2015, and in 2009, it became the 100th cricket ground to stage Test cricket
Glamorgan Cricket have their headquarters at the Cardif Wales Stadium, situated within Sophia Gardens and adjacent to the city centre and River Taff.
During the 2007 season, the old ground was redeveloped into a magnificent new stadium, with state-of-the-art player facilities, a modern pavilion and a Media Centre, and a capacity of approximately 16,000.
The Arms Park had been Glamorgan’s first ground in Cardiff and it was the venue for their inaugural county fixture in 1889, as well as their first-ever County Championship fixture in 1921. The final county cricket match was staged at the Arms Park during 1966, and the area is now occupied by the rugby ground currently used by the Cardiff Blues. Many famous games have been staged at Sophia Gardens, including the match in 1969 when Glamorgan defeated Worcestershire to win the county title. In recent years, the Cardiff ground has also hosted regular international cricket, including the Ashes Test Matches in 2009 and 2015, as well as the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Sophia Gardens takes its name from the wife of the second Marquess of Bute, whose family owned the land on which the recreation grounds were laid out during the 1850s as the Bute Estate created the first public park in Wales. They also encouraged healthy recreation on the Recreation Ground, with many local cricket teams using the facilities during the second half of the 19th century.
One of these was Riverside Cricket Club, whose members enjoyed themselves at Sophia Gardens so much that during the 1890s they formed Riverside Football Club. When Cardiff became a City in 1905, the Club renamed themselves Cardiff City Football Club, and they used Sophia Gardens for their matches before moving to Ninian Park, another area associated with the Bute Estate in 1910. In 1947 the Bute Estate handed over their property, including Sophia Gardens, to Cardiff Corporation and insisted that the area should continue to be preserved for sporting pursuits.
Cardiff Wales Stadium is just outside the Cardiff City Centre. There are several transport options:
- Train: For details of regular inter-city and high-speed trains that run between Cardiff and all major towns and cities, please visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk
- Bus: Buses 25, 62 and 63 stop at Cathedral Road, adjacent to the stadium
- Coach: To book your travel, visit www.nationalexpress.com/iccct17
- On Foot: It is a 15 minute walk from the train station along Millennium Walk to the stadium. Cricketeers will be along the walking route to point you in the right direction
- Public Car Parking: Public car parking is available at Sophia Gardens. This is a pay and display service
- Disabled Parking: Disabled badge holders can park in the Bowls Club Car Park and there is a shuttle service available to help you
- Park and Ride: Cardiff Wales Stadium operates a park and ride service from Cardiff City Stadium (CF11 8AZ) to the drop off point in Sophia Close, at a cost of £10 per car
- First bus departs Cardiff City Stadium at 08:00
- Last Bus departs Cardiff Wales Stadium 1 hour after close of play
- Alternately it is a 25–35 minute walk
- Taxis: There are taxi rank locations in Sophia Close after the match and in Cardiff city centre, Central Station, St Mary’s Street and Greyfriars Road
- Cycling: Cycle via the Taff Trail from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. There are 30 cycle parking spaces underneath the Family Stand
GENERAL SPECTATOR INFORMATION
- Download the official ICC app from May 7
- Share the excitement and get your friends to sign up to receive tournament information https://www.icc-cricket.com/register
- Show your colours and support your team by buying official merchandise https://www.icccricketstore.com/
- Visit the ticketing site to buy tickets https://championstrophy.tickets.icc-cricket.com/
- Use #CT17 to share your experience now and on a match day
- Gates open two hours before the start of scheduled play
- There will be a good variety of food and drinks on offer for adults and children
- Visit the Fanzone in the stadium and have a go at the activities on offer
- Have a go at bowling and batting, watch a masterclass in the mid innings break and live footage of the match shown throughout the day in the ‘Champions Corner’- Take a photo with your heroes at the ‘Wall of Champions’
- Take a photo of you in action at the stadium in the ‘At the Crease’ photobooth
- See 3D street art of you and the Champions Trophy
- Visit the giant Hashtag #CT17
- Listen to live music performances throughout the day
- ICC sponsors will also be running fun activities in the FanZone so head over to take part!
- Keep an eye on the big screens throughout the match for competitions, prizes and activities to add to your day without moving from your seat.
- Celebrate with your team and watch the post-match presentation before leaving.
Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, offers a startling range of unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone. Rich in ancient history, sporting excitement, romantic ambience, eclectic culture and ‘out of this world’ activities, Cardiff is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY CITY ACTIVITY
Throughout the Champions Trophy, cricket will pop up in various sites across the city. On the 13th June, there will be interactive cricket activity throughout the city centre so even if you don't have tickets, you can still be part of the Champions Trophy
OTHER EVENTS/THINGS TO DO
The Castle you see today, in the heart of the capital city, is at once a Roman fort, an impressive castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men. Piece together 2,000 years of history on your visit and discover the remains of a Roman wall, climb to the top of the medieval Keep, explore the atmospheric Wartime Shelters and be overwhelmed by the extraordinary decoration in the Castle Apartments. In the nineteenth century, art-architect William Burges created a medieval dream – world for the 3rd Marquess of Bute; the results are simply breath-taking with opulent interiors rich with gilding, elaborate wood carving, murals and stained glass.
Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspiration, excellence and leadership. The Centre is one of the most unique and lively performing arts centres in Europe. Look beyond the amazing exterior, as featured in Torchwood and Dr Who, and you will come across a bustling atmosphere that makes our visitors want to return time and time again.
Cardiff International White Water
Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an exhilarating, on-demand adventure facility in the heart of the International Sports Village. CIWW has so many amazing activities on offer that whatever watersport you’re looking for, they’re bound to have it covered! With up to six people in a raft, white water rafting is one of the most sociable activities available. Suitable for complete beginners and seasoned white water enthusiasts, the two hour coached sessions provide action-packed fun from start to finish.