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New Cardiff City Stadium

Posted by
Philip (South Wales, United Kingdom) on 30 October 2009 in Sport & Recreation.

The new Cardiff City Stadium opened in July across the road from the old ground (Ninan Park).

The new ground can be seen through the gates of the old ground which were moved before demolition started.

Cardiff City are known as the 'bluebirds', hence the birds on the gates.

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Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

The stadium is shared with the Cardiff Blues rugby club,is that right ??

30 Oct 2009 6:55am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Yes. The rugby are tenants and pay rent over a 20 year agreement. Link to photo of new stadium with badges of both clubs:

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Great view through the gates ...

30 Oct 2009 10:52am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

The gate is okay, it's good work. How do you like the stadium?

30 Oct 2009 6:48pm

@MadScientist: The new stadium is a major leap forward for the club. The previous stadium had terracing which could not be used in future seasons so the capacity would have been cut to about 12K. The club could not have competed in the second tier of football in England with that capacity and current debts. The stadium gives the club a better chance of progressing to the top tier (capacity is just under 27k). Supporters recognise this but still miss the atmosphere and memores of the old ground. For the first few games it was like being at an away game! The noise generated is much loader but is noise not chanting like in the old stadium - I suppose that will come. The facilities are very good but unfortunately all catering has been outsourced to Compass. This standardises everything, removes individuality, and has increased costs significantly. Seating is very good but the roof does not cover all the seating as it has to provide sufficent light to allow the grass to grow. Therefore, supporters get wet in the first 8 rows. The seating is quite shallow as the club have designed the stadium to be easily upgradable to 35k by adding a 2nd tier - all well and good but it does not provide sufficent perspective to anyone sitting in the first 12-14 rows. A previous post for the stadium internal: In summary, the new stadium is excellant but there are some issues which in a perfect world should have been resolved.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Thanks a lot for these interesting insights, Philip! Thoughtful infos like these are the reason why I love this community and its members!
Not really a football fan, I nethertheless had the opportunity of visiting the old and new stadium of nearby football club Schalke 04. Their first ground was the Glückauf-Kampfbahn from 1928, followed by the Parkstadion from 1973. Now they have a giant arena that changes its names every few years (depending on the sponsor's name), and for being profitable they organize mega spectacles like 'Aida' or 'Ben Hur' with several hundred extras playing soldiers, Romans, or slaves. It's no longer the same as it used to be; it's a global enterprise now.

1 Nov 2009 12:13am

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