Cyncoed Campus Stadium
1,620 (Seats 280)
Address: Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD
Telephone: 02920 747122
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Artificial 3G
Club Nickname: The Archers
Year Ground Opened: 2011
Home Kit: Red and Black
The Cyncoed Campus Stadium, is very modern only having been opened a few years ago. The stadium is overlooked by the tall National Indoor Athletics Centre, which runs along one side of the pitch. There is a fair gap between the Athletics Centre and the pitch and this is used as a flat standing area. The roof of the centre protrudes out over part of this area, giving some much needed cover if the weather turns for the worse. On the side of the Athletics Centre building is mounted a large red digital scoreboard, whilst the team dugouts are also located on this side of the stadium. Opposite is a small seated stand, which contains just under 300 seats. Although only four rows high, it is at least covered. This stands runs for around a third of the length of the pitch and is positioned of the half way line. Above the stand in the centre is a platform used for television cameras. There are open flat standing areas behind the pitch perimeter fence to either side of this seated area. Both ends are also open to the elements and consist of narrow tarmaced walkways, which are also used as flat standing areas for spectators. In one corner of the stadium in front of the Athletics Centre is a container unit, which serves as small club shop and tea bar. The team changing rooms are located inside the Athletics Centre and the teams emerge from a doorway next to the club shop. The stadium has a 3G artificial playing surface. It is completed with a set of eight floodlight pylons, four of which run down each side of the pitch.
To be honest although the stadium has been constructed to a high standard, it is somewhat sparse when it comes to spectator facilities. Toilets are a row of portaloos and the tea bar provides teas, coffees, soft drinks, confectionery and not much else. May be these will be improved as the season progresses, we will have to wait and see. Please note that spectator access is gained to the stadium along one side of the Indoor Athletics Centre (to the left hand side, if standing facing the Centre).
Alcohol is not available at the stadium. There is a bar called the Centro Bar located within the main Cynoed Campus building (not the Athletics Centre), however it is unclear at this moment in time whether this will allow in supporters on matchdays, The nearest pub is called the Discovery Inn which is located a mile away on Celyn Avenue. This pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, has up to four real ales on tap at anytime. To find this pub which also serves food then; With the main reception entrance to the National Indoor Athletics Centre behind you, turn right through the car park and turn left to walk down along the side of another artificial pitch area. Then follow this road through the campus first going around to the right and then around to the left, before finally reaching the University exit. Turn right along Cyncoed Road and then take the next left into Celyn Avenue. The pub is further along this road on the left.
The Cyncoed Campus lies to the North East of Cardiff.
From Newport and the East
Leave the M4 at Junction 29 and take the A48(M) towards Cardiff, Then continue towards Cardiff as the road becomes the A48.After another 1.5 miles take the slip road leaving the A48, signposted Cardiff East/Docks/Llanederyn. At the top of the slip road you will reach a roundabout, where you take the third exit towards Llanederyn. Go straight across at the next roundabout. After passing a housing estate on your right (beware of the 30mph speed camera and traffic calming road humps along this stretch of road), you will reach the entrance to the Cyncoed Campus and National Indoor Athletics Centre on your left.
From Swansea and the West
Leave the M4 at Junction 32 and take the A470 towards Cardiff City Centre. After travelling along the A470 for three miles, just before the A48 rises to become a flyover, take the left hand slip road towards A48 (signposted M4 East, Hospital A&E). At the bottom of the slip road you will reach a roundabout where you take the first exit onto the A48 in the direction of Newport. Follow the A48 for just over two miles until reaching a left hand slip road signposted Llanederyn/Newport Road Hotel. Leave the A48 at this junction and at the top of the slip road you will reach a roundabout where you take the first exit towards Llanederyn. Go straight across at the next roundabout. After passing a housing estate on your right (beware of the 30mph speed camera and traffic calming road humps along this stretch of road), you will reach the entrance the Cardiff Met Campus and National Indoor Athletics Centre on your left.
There is a pay and display car park at the campus, which costs 50p. If the car park happens to be full, then street parking is available on the housing estate, across the main road from the campus.
The nearest railway station is Heath, which has both a high level and low level line. Heath Railway Station is situated around 1.5 miles away from Cyncoed Campus and will take around 25-30 minutes to walk.
If instead you arrive at Cardiff Central Railway Station then you may consider taking the local service up to Heath, which run every ten minutes on a Saturday afternoon, with a journey time of nine minutes. Otherwise there is a taxi rank outside the station or you could catch the Number 52 Cardiff Bus Service which runs from the City Centre up to the Cyncoed Campus. It leaves the City Centre from bus stop KH on Westgate Street, which is the same street as the Welsh RFU shop outside the Principality Stadium (this is almost on the opposite side of the stadium to Cardiff Central Station). You can view a timetable on the Cardiff Bus website.
On exiting Heath High Level Station turn left and go under the Railway Bridge. With the Railway Bridge and Station directly behind you, crossover the road via the Pedestrian Crossing, then bear to the right and then follow the road around to the left, this is Lake Road North. Proceed straight on down Lake Road North and on reaching a roundabout, go straight ahead (second exit) into Celyn Avenue. Continue straight along Celyn Avenue passing a small precinct of shops and the Discovery pub on your right. At the end of Celyn Avenue you will reach a T-junction where you turn right into Cyncoed Road. After about a quarter of a mile you will reach the entrance to the Cardiff Metropolitan Cyncoed Campus on your left. The Cyncoed Stadium and National Indoor Athletics Centre are located at the rear of the campus from this entrance. Just follow the road through and around to the right of the campus and you will see the National Indoor Athletics Centre in front of you. Please note that the first 3G pitch you will see is not the Cyncoed Stadium, as this is located behind the Indoor Athletics Centre.
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1 Adult + 1 Child (Over the age of 10): £8
1 Adult + 1 Child (Under the age of 10): £6
Student (With valid ID) £1
Official Matchday Programme: £1.50
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Cardiff Met v Llandudno
Welsh Premier League
Sunday 27th November 2016, 3pm
Kieran Henry (Leeds United, but neutral for this game)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Cyncoed Campus Stadium?
The visit was part of a long weekend groundhopping in Wales.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I got a taxi from Cardiff Central Railway Station to the ground which cost £11.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
I stayed in The Park Hotel by Radisson, which was very nice, but overnight parking cost £14. I had a few beers in the Great Western Wetherspoons pub in the centre of Cardiff, before taking a taxi up to the ground.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Cyncoed Campus Stadium?
I was lucky that the taxi driver was familiar with the ground as Cardiff Metropolitan University. is a maze of buildings and other sports facilities. Most people headed to the far side of ground where there is a small stand. Others stood around the pitch side fence. There was only a few away supporters and they took up position beside the far goal line.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
Atmosphere was limited to around 20 young supporters (probably students) banging drums and other improvised instruments in one corner of small stand on far side. There were limited refreshments available, but I did not partake.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
After the game I wa s wondering how I was going to get back into the city and was walking towards main exit when I noticed a well illuminated bus shelter. I was delighted to discover there is a regular bus service to and from the city even on a Sunday. The bus service in question is the No. 52 and costs £1.80 one way. This terminates in the city at O'Neills Bar, and I think it starts from here also up to the Met.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Wish I had known about the bus service beforehand as this makes traveling to and from the ground very simple and much cheaper.