Sophia Gardens

welsh fire

Before you read on, here are some key things to be aware of before arriving at the ground on a matchday, to make entry into the ground as smooth as possible.

Firstly, make sure you have the latest version of the app. One way to make sure you have the latest version is to uninstall and reinstall it. Secondly, have your tickets ready in the app: you can view our video guides to accessing and sharing tickets here. Make sure you are logged in to the app before you arrive at the ground. If you’re logged in and you’ve downloaded your tickets in advance, they will appear in the app without needing mobile or wifi connectivity.

Finally, get to the ground as early as you can. Bag checks are in operation so there may be queues at the gate. Have your tickets open in the app before you approach the gate.

Welcome to the venue information page for Sophia Gardens, home of Welsh Fire.

Here you can find all the information you need ahead of your matchday, including gate opening times, food & drink, travel options, accessibility provision and on-site facilities.

Sustainability

The Hundred is partnered with Sky Zero

The Hundred is partnered with Sky Zero

The green choices available to you on a matchday are highlighted as bold* throughout this page.

Opening times

Gates open 90 minutes before play starts.

The first match of The Hundred 2022 at Sophia Gardens sees the men's team take on Oval Invincibles!

After that, your ticket gives you access to both the men’s and women’s matches on the same day, so make sure you get there for the first match!

Match day start times vary, so make sure you’ve looked at your ticket in the app to see what time the first match starts.

Click here to read the Spectator Code of Conduct for Sophia Gardens.

FOOD & DRINK           

There's a range of food and drink outlets within the ground to suit all tastes, including vegetarian and halal options. The food villages are located on the Pavilion lawn and Spine Road.

A wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at stalls around the ground.

There are multiple hydration stations* located around the ground, so you’ll be able to fill up your water bottle all day from wherever you are seated.

Please note that Sophia Gardens is a cashless venue and only card payment will be taken.

TRAVEL

By Bike

Supporters can travel via bicycle*, for example, via the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. The Stadium has 25 cycle parking spaces located underneath the Altodigital stand, and 10 spaces by Gate Two. Copies of the Cardiff cycle map are available by contacting cycle@cardiff.gov.uk.

On Foot

The most popular and picturesque means of reaching the Stadium from the city centre is on foot*. The final part of the leisurely stroll takes you along the banks of the famous River Taff and the grounds of Cardiff Castle. (Walking time approx. 20 mins).

By Train

Cardiff Central railway* station is about 1 mile from Sophia Gardens (walking time approx. 20 mins). There are regular high-speed trains that run between Cardiff and all major towns and cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Swansea. For the latest train information, click here.

By Bus

Regular bus* services run from Cardiff Central Station to and from Cathedral Road (Sophia Gardens nearest bus stop). For further information, please visit cardiffbus.com.

By Car

There is no parking in the vicinity of Sophia Gardens other than disabled parking.

There are a number of independent car parks located throughout the city. For more info click here.

FACILITIES

Accessibility

To book a wheelchair or accessible ticket, please contact the venue directly on 02920 419311, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

A limited number of disabled parking bays are available for every match day held at the venue and these are allocated on an application basis. For more details, please contact Sophia Gardens on 02920 419 382 or info@glamorgancricket.co.uk.

A drop off point close to the stadium can be arranged on request. For more information please contact reception on 02920 419 382 or alternatively email info@glamorgancricket.co.uk.

There are three accessible entrances to Sophia Gardens via Gate Two, Gate Four, and Gate Five. All access entrances listed above are on a level surface with either tarmac or a briquette surface. The accessible entrance will be event dependent, so it is advised to check when booking which entrance would be best suited to requirements.

Sophia Gardens’ Disability Liaison Officer will be able to assist. Email info@glamorgancricket.co.uk if you have any queries. On your arrival on-site stewards will be on hand to assist where required.

Accessible viewing areas are located in different areas around the venue. Theses include:

  • In front of the SA Group Stand
  • In front of the Members' Stand
  • Elevated viewing platform at the back of the Castell Howell Stand – access via lift.

There are no specific areas of the ground that facilitate access for the ambulant disabled, however, there are lots of seats which can be accessed easily by those persons using crutches, sticks or walking frames. Please ask for more information when calling 02930 419311 to book your tickets.

Toilet facilities for disabled spectators are all easily accessible around the ground. All toilets have been secured via the use of RADAR key to prevent misuse. A number of stewards and our main reception hold RADAR keys if required and will be on hand to assist.

We welcome assistance dogs. Water bowls can be provided if required and the dog spend area is located on the back lawn of The Thatcher’s Pavilion.

The venue has a limited number of wheelchairs on site to provide easy, escorted access to seats. Venue wheelchairs cannot be pre-booked or booked for the whole event as they must be available to use at all times. Spectators wishing to hire wheelchairs in Cardiff can do so via the local Shopability. 

Multi-faith Room

A Multi-faith Room is available and located beside the Members’ Stand, in front of Gate Four.

Shop

Make sure you visit the shop at Gate 2 to get all your Welsh Fire merchandise. Alternatively, you can shop online, here.

Internet Access

Free WIFI is available at Sophia Gardens.

Crowd Behaviour

The Hundred is for everyone. We want everyone to feel welcome on our match days and to have a brilliant experience. Anti-social or discriminatory behaviour of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Reporting these types of behaviour will help us to ensure The Hundred is a welcoming and inclusive competition and experience for everyone. 

If you experience or witness any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour on a match day at Sophia Gardens, please report it as soon as possible by texting “Unite” to 60650, so that Sophia Gardens can try to deal with the issue at the time.

If you wish to report discrimination direct to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), click here.

Click here to read the Spectator Code of Conduct for Sophia Gardens.

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