The SWALEC Stadium
The wife of the Marquis of Bute
5500 (15,000 after redevelopment)
Yes - 2005
River Taff End, Cathedral Road End
Glamorgan
20:22, Thu Dec 13, 2018 (UTC +0000)
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Glamorgan first played at Sophia Gardens against the Indian touring team in May 1967, but it was not until nearly three decades later that it officially became the county's home.

The signing of a 125-year lease in November 1995 ended the clubs 74-year search for a ground, a nomadic period during which the clubs base had at times been limited to a small office in Cardiff high street.

The area where the cricket pitch now stands has a colourful history, having once played host to a 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show' and 'Barnum and Bailey's traveling circus and menagerie'. One wonders whether Glamorgan's fans would secretly welcome a return to these long gone days, having suffered their team's mediocrity in recent years.

Glamorgan have played on and off at the ground since 1967, after Cardiff Athletic Club, the leaseholders at the time, had a pitch laid and spent £25,000 on a new pavilion. Sophia Gardens has staged some crucial matches in Glamorgan's history, notably in 1969 when they won the County Championship against Worcestershire in front of 16,000 people, and in 1978 when they claimed the John Player League for a crowd of 11,500 ecstatic fans.

Since Glamorgan officially took over the ground in 1995 several improvements have taken place, all part of a nine-million pound strategic plan. The National Cricket Centre was finished in 1999, the same year that the ground played host to Australia's contest with New Zealand in the group stages of the World Cup.

The ground has since become a regular international one day venue, playing host to the first one day match between England and Wales in 2002, which Wales won by eight wickets, but perhaps its most famous game came in 2005 when the touring Australians were humbled by the Bangladeshis, who recorded a five-wicket victory that shocked the cricket world.

At present the ground capacity is set at 12,000, but in March 2006 Glamorgan announced plans for further developments, including a new pavilion, media centre, grandstand and more covered seating. Behind these improvements, scheduled to be finished by 2008, has been Glamorgan's campaign for the ground to be upgraded to category 'A' status, enabling Sophia Gardens to stage Tests .

This campaign, backed by the Welsh Assembly, was rubber stamped by the ECB when they surprisingly awarded the ground the first Ashes Test in 2009. Exciting times lie ahead.
Sam Collins

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Fixtures

2019
Fri Apr 5 - Sun Apr 7
12:00 local | 11:00 GMT
07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT
Marylebone Cricket Club University Matches
Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU
Thu Apr 11 - Sun Apr 14
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
Wed Apr 17 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Glamorgan v Essex
Sun Apr 21 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Glamorgan v Somerset
Thu Apr 25 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Glamorgan v Kent
Sun Apr 28 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
South Group - Glamorgan v Surrey
Sun May 5 (20 ovs)          
17:00 local | 16:00 GMT
12:00 EDT | 11:00 CDT | 09:00 PDT
Only T20I - England v Pakistan
Sat Jun 1 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Tue Jun 4 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
Sat Jun 8 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
England v Bangladesh
Sat Jun 15 (50 ovs)          
13:30 local | 12:30 GMT
08:30 EDT | 07:30 CDT | 05:30 PDT
ICC Cricket World Cup
Afghanistan v South Africa
Sun Jun 30 - Wed Jul 3
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Worcestershire
Sat Jul 13 - Tue Jul 16
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Middlesex
Thu Jul 18 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Somerset
Fri Jul 26 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Middlesex
Thu Aug 1 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Fri Aug 9 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Essex
Sun Aug 11 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Surrey
Mon Aug 26 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Sussex
Fri Aug 30 (20 ovs)
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Hampshire
Mon Sep 16 - Thu Sep 19
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Leicestershire
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A packed Sophia Gardens in 2011, September 16, 2011
A packed Sophia Gardens in 2011
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Rain greeted the beginning of the English Test summer and delayed the start of play at Cardiff
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The ground was bathed in a warm glow as the sun set in Cardiff, England v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Cardiff, September 7, 2010
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