Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Arms Park

 


Whilst visiting Cardiff to see Wolves' game with Cardiff City at Ninian Park, I took the time to visit the famous Cardiff Arms Park, home to Welsh Rugby Union side Cardiff Blues. Whilst not the Arms Park, (where the Millennium Stadium now stands), it has always been attached to the side of its bigger neighbour, as can be seen with the Millennium Stadium's North Stand not having been rebuilt due to the Rugby teams reluctance to knock down their own South Stand (which is joined at the back).

The South Stand itself is a two tiered design, with terracing below an upper tier of seats. Opposite is a similar stand, the bmibaby.com Stand. This too has two tiers, with terracing below seats, although the most notable feature is four unusual looking floodlights sticking out at an angle from its roof. At the two ends are similar looking hospitality stands. The Westgate Street End has one row of executive boxes above a small lower tier of seats, whilst opposite, the River End has two rows of executive boxes above each other, but no seats below it.

Despite showing its age in places, it is still a good ground with plenty of character, and looks a good place to watch a game from for those of the Union persuasion.

 

 

Pictures:



Welcome to Cardiff Arms Park!



The Gwyn Nicholls Memorial Gates



Club Offices



The Join between the South Stand and the Millennium Stadium's North Stand



Side of the South Stand



Rear of the 'River End'



Rear of the bmibaby.com Stand



Terracing in the bmibaby.com Stand



The 'Westgate Street End'



The South Stand



The South Stand



The 'River End'



The bmibaby.com Stand

The Gates to the Ground





Panoramic from return visit, 17.10.09
(Click to enlarge)
 




 
 

 

Page last updated 18/10/09

All material copyright T.S. Rigby, 2009