The Cardiff City Stadium Like?
|What's The Cardiff City Stadium Like?|
After spending 99 years at
their former Ninian
Park ground, the Club in 2009, moved only a
quarter of a mile away to the new stadium. Although with far superior
facilities than Ninian Park, the design of the
stadium itself was rather uninspiring (as admittedly
most new stadiums built in this country are).
However in 2014, the Club after being awarded the
hosting of the UEFA Super Cup Final, set upon
increasing the capacity by 5,000 seats chiefly by
expanding the Ninian Park Stand on one side. This
stand was originally single tiered, but has since
had a small second tier and then an overhanging
third tier added, making it the tallest and largest
stand at the stadium. However, it's most striking
feature is its roof, which is simply huge, elevating
and extending quite a distance forward to provide
cover to those below. A little reminiscent of the
East Stand at Elland Road, the Ninian Stand is far
more attractive having more of a distinctive look
with clear windshields to either side.
Located opposite is the
Grandstand. Named after the corresponding stand at
the old Ninian Park, this stand is two tiered, with
a small second tier of seating that overlaps the
back of the lower tier. In this area at the rear of
the lower section there is a row of executive boxes.
Whilst at the back of the second tier there is
visible a glassed frontage to and area used for
corporate entertainment. The team dug outs are
located at the front of this stand. Both ends are virtually identical, being single tiered, all
seater affairs. The roofs above these stands are
situated quite high above the seating
areas, with a large back wall, part of which
contains Perspex panels to provide more light to
the playing surface. The stadium is completely
enclosed with all four corners having spectator
seating. Above each end there is
digital video screen. In view of its multi purpose
nature the stadium has in each corner a
large access tunnel.
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
Thanks to Haydn Gleed for
providing the photo above.
|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 Clarks Pies (including the Chicken Balti pie £3.40), Beef and Vegetable Pasties (£3.50) and Hot Dogs (£4).
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.
Margaret Nicholls a
visiting Norwich City fan informs me; 'I would
recommend the Gol centre near to ground as a
place to park and as a pre-match venue to visit.
We arrived arrived early before the children's
football at the centre had finished but parking
there wasn't a problem at all. It was great to
find somewhere warm and dry with clean toilets
after a long drive. The bar menu isn't huge
(pizza or hot dog) but for lunch it was fine.
Very friendly staff and the Cardiff fans using
it were okay too. The only downside is that
after the game it took a long time to get back
onto the main road as the centre is located at
the bottom of a cul-de-sac'.
showing the location of the new Cardiff stadium
(at the bottom of this page).
The nearest railway
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 30 minutes on Saturday afternoons (although
occasionally extra services are put on). On leaving
Ninian Park Halt Station proceed left along Leckwith
Road and you will see the stadium over on your left.
Alternatively as Barry Hodges informs me; 'The next nearest station is Grangetown which is around a 15-20 minute walk away from the New Stadium and is served by trains from Cardiff Central, that continue onto Penarth or Barry Island. On leaving Grangetown station turn left, cross the main road and then turn right into Sloper road'. If you are an away fan then turn left into the protected compound at HSS Plant Hire, which leads to the away turnstiles. If for any other turnstile than gate 7, walk on 50 metres, turning left, into the car park towards gate 6 or around the stadium, to the right for lower gate numbers, ticket office or club shop.
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
£7. Alternatively you can catch bus number 95
(going towards Barry) from the adjacent bus
station next to Cardiff Central, up to the
stadium. You can view a timetable on the Cardiff
Remember if travelling by train then
you can save on the cost of fares by booking in
advance. Visit the the trainline website to
see how much you can save. Click on
the trainline logo below:
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
Like a number of Clubs, Cardiff operate a Category system (Gold, Silver & Bronze) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Gold prices are shown below with Silver and Bronze in brackets.Adults £35 (£30) (£28)
Over 60's/Under 21's £25 (£23) (£20)
Under 16's £20 (All Categories)
|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:
30,854 Real Madrid v Seville
UEFA Super Cup Final, August 1th 2014.
For a Cardiff Match at Ninian Park:
57,893 v Arsenal
Division One, April 22nd, 1953.
2013-2014: 27,430 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 22,999 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 22,100 (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
|If you require hotel
accommodation in the area then first try a hotel
booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all
types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets
from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast
establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced
Apartments. Plus their booking system is
straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will
earn a small commission if you book through them, but
it will go to help with the running costs of keeping
the Guide going.
Access their Cardiff Hotels and Guest houses page.
Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.
Video was taken from the Ninian
|If anything is incorrect or
you have something to add, please e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll update the guide.