Home of Welsh Cricket
The Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, formerly known as the SSE SWALEC Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Cardiff, Wales. It is situated in the gorgeous Sophia Gardens on the River Taff, within the heart of the Welsh Capital.
This renowned stadium is the home of Welsh Cricket and the Glamorgan County Cricket Club. It’s no surprise that it has hosted some of the most prestigious and thrilling matches that Cricket fans have seen. The Glamorgan County Cricket Club has played all of their home matches at the stadium since 1967 after they moved from Cardiff Arms Park. In 1995, Cardiff Athletic Club moved their cricket section to the Diamond Ground after a 125-year lease was granted.
Besides international Cricket, the venue is also utilised for conferences, corporate hospitality and several other events. It has a large sports hall called the Sport Wales National Centre and has hosted football fixtures for the Cardiff Corinthians.
Nonetheless, cricket remains at the heart of the stadium. Each year, you can enjoy the finest cricket action at one of the most outstanding venues in Wales, with an intense atmosphere that can be felt throughout the stands!
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The Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground is renowned globally as the home of Welsh Cricket. The beautiful grounds situated in the Sophia Gardens are also home to thrilling international cricket fixtures including, the exhilarating ODI format between England and New Zealand. Witness some of the best views of the action in 2024 with our Sophia Gardens hospitality.
Guests can experience the electric atmosphere alongside unrivalled views of the action. With refreshments served regularly and the treat of well-prepared fine-dining, there is no better way to enjoy the England cricket.
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The Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground is famous for hosting cricket’s most prestigious contests, including international Cricket World Cup fixtures. However it also plays host to numerous other events including conferences, private parties, football fixtures and many other hospitality events.
Sophia Gardens has been an international cricket ground since May 1999, when it hosted the 1999 Cricket World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand. Between 2001 to 2012, the stadium was also a regular venue for One Day Internationals (ODI), hosting nine matches in 12 years. In 2006, it hosted its first England match, which was against Pakistan.
In 2012, the ground was listed as one of three venues for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy alongside the KIA Oval and Edgbaston. SWALEC Stadium hosted five matches, including the opening match between India and South Africa, and the semi-final between India and Sri Lanka.
Travelling to Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground
Walking to the Sophia Gardens is a popular choice for many guests. The last fifteen minutes of the stroll takes guests along the banks of the River Taff through Bute Park and the grounds of Cardiff Castle.
Please use the map provided by Google for further information.
How do I get to Sophia Gardens by car?
SatNav users can use the postcode CF11 9XR, providing parking has been arranged before arrival. Car parking at the Stadium is limited, so please bear this in mind.
From London: An estimated 3 hours of driving time via the M4 Westbound.
From Birmingham: An estimated 2.5 hours via M5 Southbound and then the M4 Westbound.
From the East: When driving from the East, exit the M4 at Junction 29 and follow the A48M towards Llandaff. Join Cardiff Road. Sophia Gardens is situated off Sophia Close, which is on Cathedral Road.
From the West – Exit the M4 at Junction 33. Follow the A4232 for 6.2 miles and exit on the slip road onto Leckwith Road. Follow the A4161 and then turn left onto Cathedral Road (A4119). Turn right onto Sophia Close, where the Sophia Garden Cricket Ground is located.
How do I get to Sophia Gardens by train?
Trains to Cardiff run frequently to and from all major towns and cities such as London, Bristol, Birmingham and Swansea. You can check the rail website for train departure times and ticket prices.
How do I get to Sophia Gardens by coach?
National Express coaches also provide regular services to Cardiff to and from most major towns and cities with the UK. Coach departure times and prices will be available on their website.
How do I get to Sophia Gardens by bus?
Cardiff Bus services run regularly between Cardiff Central Station and Cathedral Road, opposite the Sophia Gardens. Buses going towards this route include the 25, 62, and 63.
How do I get to Sophia Gardens by bike?
Sophia Gardens is in an ideal location to cycle to. Cyclists can access Sophia Gardens through the Taff Trial, which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. It now has more than 30 cycle parking spaces located underneath the Altodigital stand.
Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground FAQs
Where are there wheelchair accessible entrances to the Sophia Gardens?
There are three entrances throughout the ground which are accessible to wheelchairs. They are located at Gates Two, Four and Five. All entrances have a level service to make access to these entrances easier for those who use them.
Are guide dogs allowed into the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground?
Yes. Water bowls will be made available and there is a lawn located on the back of The Discover Leeks Pavilion.
Am I allowed to bring alcohol into the Sophia Gardens?
No. You cannot bring alcohol into the ground and you also are not allowed to bring canned alcoholic drinks or canned soft drinks.
What am I allowed to bring into the Sophia Gardens?
You can bring a variety of items into the ground. Folding Umbrellas, Cooler Bags/Boxes,, Soft drinks and water in PLASTIC containers (1 per person), Cameras and Video Cameras, Flags, Banners, Small Radios, CD/DVD/MP3 Players (with headphones) & Glass containers with perfume, inspect repellent or prescription medication inside it.
Are there accessible viewing areas at the Sophia Gardens?
Yes. There are three areas in which accessible viewing for disabled spectators is available. They are located in front of the Cathedral Road Stand, in front of the members stand and at the top of the Cathedral Road Stand.
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