The SWALEC Stadium
The wife of the Marquis of Bute
5500 (15,000 after redevelopment)
Yes - 2005
River Taff End, Cathedral Road End
Glamorgan
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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

2015
Thu Apr 2 - Sat Apr 4
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Marylebone Cricket Club University Matches
Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU
Sun Apr 19 - Wed Apr 22
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Surrey
Sun May 3 - Wed May 6
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Derbyshire
Mon May 18 - Thu May 21
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Essex
Fri May 22 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Essex
Fri May 29 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Hampshire
Sun May 31 - Wed Jun 3
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
Fri Jun 5 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Middlesex
Sat Jun 13 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Somerset
Sun Jun 21 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Sussex
Mon Jun 22 - Thu Jun 25
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Leicestershire
Fri Jun 26 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Surrey
Wed Jul 8 - Sun Jul 12
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
1st Test - England v Australia
Fri Jul 24 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Tue Jul 28 (50 ovs)          
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group B - Glamorgan v Kent
Fri Jul 31 (50 ovs)          
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group B - Glamorgan v Essex
Sun Aug 2 (50 ovs)
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group B - Glamorgan v Hampshire
Mon Aug 31 (20 ovs)
Only T20I - England v Australia
Mon Aug 31 (20 ovs)
3rd T20I - England Women v Australia Women
Wed Sep 9 - Sat Sep 12
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Kent
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
Glamorgan v Cardiff MCCU at Cardiff
Apr 2-4, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff
Apr 19-22, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff
May 3-6, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
May 18-21, 2015 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
South Group: Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
May 22, 2015 ()
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