Stadium Sophia

An aerial view of The SWALEC Stadium taken in 2009. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

As the image above shows, Glamorgan’s redeveloped headquarters at Sophia Gardens is now part of the very impressive sporting infrastructure of the Welsh capital city with the Millennium Stadium (now the Principality Stadium) a mile or so down river, plus the Cardiff City Stadium several miles away to the south-west.

Sophia Gardens has hosted two further Test Matches, both of which saw England complete emphatic victories on Welsh soil. The first, starting on 26 May 2011 saw England defeat Sri Lanka by an innings and 14 runs, whilst the second, beginning on 8 July 2015, resulted in a 169-run win over Australia as the Cardiff ground, once again, hosted a hugely successful First Test in the Ashes series.

Joe Root takes the winning catch as England beat Australia in the 2015 Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Glamorgan’s headquarters have continued to stage regular One-Day Internationals and IT20 contests, with the Welsh county playing host to five games in the ICC Champions Trophy during 2013, plus 4 in the same competition in 2017, including the semi-final between England and Pakistan.

The England players take to the field in their IT20 against Pakistan at Sophia Gardens in 2019. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Cardiff was also one of the venues used for the 2019 World Cup with matches being staged at Glamorgan’s home involving New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, South Africa and Bangladesh. For the latter, however, there was no repeat of their remarkable game at the old Sophia Gardens ground in 2005 when they had stunned the cricket world by defeating Australia by five wickets in a One-Day International.

The view from the Grandstand at The SWALEC Stadium as Glamorgan Cricket plays host to T20 Finals Day in 2012.

Sophia Gardens has also hosted a number of high-profile domestic games including T20 Finals Day on 25 August 2012 and just twenty-four hours after the venue had hosted a One-Day International between England and South Africa. Decent-sized crowds have also attended many of Glamorgan’s T20 matches, including their quarter-final against the Yorkshire Vikings in 2016 at which there were 10,088 spectators.

Click on the link below to see the ground records at Sophia Gardens.