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, is a nice
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 that ‘wow’ factor.
Club have begun work on adding an additional
tier to the Ninian Park Stand, adding 5,000
seats. This would increase the capacity of the
stadium to just under 32,000. It is expected
that the new tier will be completed in July
2014, in time for the European Super Cup Final
which is being played at the stadium. The
stadium has also been built in such
a way that it can be easily
further expanded, by adding
additional blocks of
seating to both ends of the stadium,
taking the capacity up to around
|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.
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
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
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
Like a number of Clubs, Cardiff operate a Category system (A, B & C) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B & C in brackets.Adults £40 (B £35) (C £30)
Over 60's/Under 21's £25 (B £20) (C £15)
|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).|
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:
28,016 v Manchester United
Premier League, November 24th 2013.
For a Cardiff Match at Ninian Park:
57,893 v Arsenal
Division One, April 22nd, 1953.
2012-2013: 22,999 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 22,100 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 23,194 (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
Dutton (Wigan Athletic) 15/2/14
Gary Parker (Tottenham Hotspur) 22/9/13
Joe 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
Steve Minney (Nottingham Forest) 1/11/09
Daniel Lang (Nottingham Forest) 1/11/09
David Bedlow (Derby County) 29/9/09
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