The Cardiff City Stadium Like?
|What's The Cardiff City Stadium Like?|
After 99 years the club have
Park and moved to a new stadium, which is
situated only around a quarter of a mile away (for
those that were familiar with Ninian Park, the new
stadium is more or less located behind the large
open car park, that was situated behind the Main
stadium which cost £48m to
build has a capacity of 26,828. Inside
it is a lovely looking stadium and has some
great facilities, but like a number of
other new stadiums that have been built over the
last ten years, it is functional, but lacking in
that ‘wow’ factor.
has been built in such a way
that it can be easily
would be achieved by temporarily
taking off the roof and adding
additional blocks of seating to three
sides of the stadium (the Grandstand
would remain as it is).
Originally it was planned to expand
to 32,000, but it is now believed that
35,000 would be
Cardiff City remain in the
Premier League then works could well start at the end of the 2013/14
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are located
in one corner of the stadium, between the Ninian
& Grange stands. Up to 1,800 fans can
be accommodated in this area. The
Club operate automatic turnstiles, where you
have to put your ticket (which has a bar
code on it) into a slot reader, which then
allows the turnstiles to admit you.
As you would expect from a new stadium the view of the playing action and facilities are good. The acoustics are also good, with the stadium having a loud p.a. system. The concourses are spacious, have televisions to keep you entertained and serve the usual fayre of food as well as alcohol. Food on offer includes various Pies (including the Chicken Balti pie £2.90), Cheeseburgers (£3.30), Hot Dogs (£3.10) and Chips (£2.50).
Domenic Brunetti a visiting Nottingham Forest fan adds; I was impressed tho as the entrance to the away end as you are kept well out of harms way as home supporters are kept well separated. Inside the facilities were really good and clean. The concourse was of a good size and the food and drink kiosks plentiful, with little queuing time. I noticed that all the signs inside were written in both English and Welsh. Our seats in one corner of the stadium gave us great views of the game and the giant big screen behind us meant we could see replays of the goals (although unfortunately we lost 3-0!).
The move to the new stadium, marks a new era for Cardiff City and there was no doubt on my visit to the ground, that things seem more relaxed than before at Ninian Park. Even so I would still advise to be cautious around the stadium and the city centre and to keep colours covered.
Inside the stadium away fans are kept separate from home fans, by an area of 'no mans land' to each side. Whilst outside there is a fenced in compound, which is also used to accommodate the away coaches, but again keeps fans separated after the game has finished which should avoid most problems.
|Where To Drink?|
There are no bars in the close vicinity
to the stadium that I could see. As the stadium is
close the old Ninian Park supporters will tend to
use the pubs they did previously, most of which can
be quite intimidating for away supporters and are
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
To avoid driving
through the centre of Cardiff, leave the M4 at
junction 33 and take the A4232 towards
Cardiff/Barry. Keep on the A4232 towards Cardiff
and then leave the dual carriageway at the B4267
exit. At the end of the slip road, turn left at
the roundabout, signposted 'Cardiff International
Athletics Stadium'. The stadium is situated a
short distance down this road on the right. Please
note that parking in the nearby retail park is
limited to 90 minutes as is being enforced. Also
be sure also to park your car properly, as I have
been informed that traffic wardens are out in
force on matchdays.
Map showing the location of the new Cardiff stadium (at the bottom of this page).
The nearest train
station is Ninian Park Halt, which is only a five
minute walk from the stadium. This station is on a
local line (city line-direction Radyr) which is
served by trains from Cardiff Central, which run every
thirty minutes on Saturday afternoons. On leaving Ninian Park Halt station
proceed along Leckwith Road and you will see the
new stadium over on your left. Alternatively if
you are away fan turn left into Sloper Rd and
then turn right into the protected compound at
HSS Plant Hire, which leads to the away
If you a bit more time
on your hands, then you can walk to the stadium from
Cardiff Central, which takes around 25 minutes. As
you come out of the entrance to the station, bear
left and at the bottom of the station approach road,
turn left. Continue straight on into Ninian Park
Road, for around a mile passing the Millennium
Stadium on your right. At the end of Ninian Park
Road turn left and then left into Leckwith Road. You
will then shortly be able to see the stadium over on
your left (the away turnstiles are on the left hand
side of the stadium, as you view it from here).
Alternatively a taxi
to the stadium from Cardiff Central costs around
Ticket prices are not listed here as the Club have introduced something called 'Dynamic based pricing.' In essence the Club set a starting price for a ticket for a particular game and area within the stadium. But once the tickets are on sale the Club can then put up the prices of the tickets if the fixture or area of seating is particularly popular. I can understand that the Club are trying to encourage fans to purchase tickets early (i.e as soon as the tickets go on sale at the starting price), but I feel somewhat uncomfortable that these can be subsequently hiked up as the Club sees fit.
Currently this scheme does not apply to tickets for the away section.
Over 60's/Under 21's £14
Under 16's £13
Family tickets: 2 Adults + 2 Under 16's £40
|Swansea City and from a little further away, Bristol City.|
|Programme & Fanzines|
|Official Programme £3.
The Thin Blue Line Fanzine: £1.
Ramzine Fanzine: £1.
|Cardiff City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
the New Stadium:
26,588 v Nottingham Forest
Championship League, April 13th 2013.
For a Cardiff Match at Ninian Park:
57,893 v Arsenal
Division One, April 22nd, 1953.
2011-2012: 22,100 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 23,194 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 20,717 (Championship League)
|Other Places Of Interest|
A popular destination
with visiting supporters prior
to the game is a visit to the Millennium
Stadium (or Stadiwm y Mileniwm in Welsh). Although no longer
hosting the domestic football
cup finals, it is still one of the best stadiums in Britain. The stadium
offers regular tours on most days throughout the
year and is only a couple of minutes walk from
Cardiff Central railway station. The tour itself
White (Bristol City) 16/2/13
James Prentice (Doing The 92) 15/12/12
Thomas Sperrink (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 2/9/12
James Clyde (Reading) 17/5/11
Daniel Lang (Nottingham Forest) 1/11/09
Steve Minney (Nottingham Forest) 1/11/09
David Bedlow (Derby County) 29/9/09
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