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No 'home' advantage in Cardiff

Sep 3, 2008: The hosts couldn't have picked a less English venue to kick off next year's Ashes

Andrew Miller

English cricket needs a new home

May 29, 2008: Despite revamps, capacities at England's cricket grounds remain below par. The ECB needs to consider adopting London's Olympic Stadium

Andrew Miller

Sophia Gardens opens for business

Cardiff's Ashes credentials called into question

May 11, 2008: Former England captain Mike Atherton has called into doubt the ECB's decision to award an Ashes Test next year to the redeveloped Sophia Gardens in Cardiff

ESPNcricinfo staff

County news

Glamorgan rename Sophia Gardens

Mar 7, 2008: Glamorgan have announced that they will be renaming Sophia Gardens the Swalec Stadium after agreeing a £1.5 million ten-year sponsorship deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

ECB international hosting arrangements slammed

County treasurer warns 'a club will go into administration'

Mar 6, 2008: Warwickshire's honorary treasurer has warned that there is every possibility that a county will go to the wall

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Week That Was...July 16-22

Welsh spare ribs

Jul 22, 2007: Will Luke looks back at The Week That Was

Will Luke

Recovery from surgery improving

Powell buries his rib at Sophia Gardens

Jul 18, 2007: Just over a month ago, Mike Powell faced life-threatening complications following surgery. Happily, he's now recovering - and can see the lighter side of life, after having his rib buried at Sophia Gardens

ESPNcricinfo staff

County news

Glamorgan get final go-ahead

Apr 17, 2007: Glamorgan have been given the final go ahead for their redevelopment of Sophia Gardens ahead of hosting an Ashes Test in 2009

ESPNcricinfo staff

'Sophia Gardens is the worst place in the city to develop such a huge stadium'

Sophia Gardens causes environmental concerns

Apr 23, 2006: An environmentalist opposed to the redevelopment of Sophia Gardens, in preparation for the 2009 Ashes, has said the ground is located in the worst possible place for such a large stadium

ESPNcricinfo staff

ECB announce staging rights 2007-2009

Cardiff to host Ashes Test in 2009

Apr 20, 2006: Cardiff will play host to an Ashes Test when Australia next visit England in 2009, after being elevated to Category A status by an ECB review committee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sophia Gardens plans expansion

Cardiff steps up its Test ambitions

Mar 9, 2006: Cardiff's city councillors are backing ambitious £7 million plans to bring Test cricket to Glamorgan's home ground in Sophia Gardens, after a series of "very positive" discussions with club officials

ESPNcricinfo staff

New blow to Glamorgan

Glamorgan unlikely to get funding for Sophia Gardens

Oct 14, 2005: Glamorgan are unlikely to get funding to improve Sophia Gardens

ESPNcricinfo staff

Planning permission for new arena denied

Glamorgan threaten to quit Cardiff

Oct 14, 2005: Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has warned that the county may quit Cardiff after the local council objected to a new arena at Sophia Gardens

ESPNcricinfo staff

Major redevelopment at Sophia Gardens

Ambitious Glamorgan want Tests at Cardiff

Feb 6, 2004: Glamorgan aim for Test cricket in Cardiff by the end of the decade

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Glamorgan CCC

A brief history of Sophia Gardens

Aug 15, 2000: It has been the long held dream of a succession of Glamorgan captains from Maurice Turnbull and J.C.Clay to Wilf Wooller and Tony Lewis that the Welsh county should have a ground of their own

Dr.Andrew Hignell
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