Sophia Gardens

welsh fire

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.


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

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.



We have a wide selection of food and drink available at Sophia Gardens during The Hundred to cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. 

Food Options available include Vegan, Vegetarian, Family Friendly Options and Halal. Further information on food outlets will be available in due course. 

Support Welsh Fire!

Support Welsh Fire!


Experience the electrifying atmosphere of live music at every matchday, made possible by The Hundred's exciting partnership with BBC Music Introducing. 

Adding to the thrill, you will get to witness Radio 1’s Sam & Danni who will be playing some of the best music throughout the day at every Welsh Fire match day at Sophia Gardens. 

From the exhilarating walk-out music and match reactions, Sam & Danni will have complete control over the captivating sounds that will make your day at Sophia Gardens one to remember. 


There will be a host of activities for all Welsh Fire fans taking place on the Pavilion Lawn. 

Get involved with Dynamos activations

Get involved with Dynamos activations


By Bike

Supporters can travel via bicycle*, for example, via the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. The Stadium has cycle parking spaces located across the ground. Copies of the Cardiff cycle map are available by contacting

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

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.

Enjoy live music at every match

Enjoy live music at every match



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

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

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 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. These 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 within the Sport Wales building near to Gate 2. Please ask the nearest steward if you require assistance. 


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

Fun at Welsh Fire!

Fun at Welsh Fire!

Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi is available at Sophia Gardens via The Cloud network. 

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.