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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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Sophia Gardens
 

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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

2024
Fri Apr 12 - Mon Apr 15
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Derbyshire
Fri May 10 - Mon May 13
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Sussex
Fri May 17 - Mon May 20
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Middlesex
Tue May 28 (20 ovs)
3rd T20I - England v Pakistan
Fri May 31 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Surrey
Sun Jun 2 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Sussex
Thu Jun 13 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Western Storm v Thunder
Thu Jun 13 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Hampshire
Thu Jun 20 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Sun Jun 23 - Wed Jun 26
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Northamptonshire
Sun Jul 7 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Essex
Fri Jul 12 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Middlesex
Fri Jul 19 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Glamorgan v Somerset
Thu Jul 25 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group B - Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
Sun Jul 28 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Welsh Fire (Women) v Oval Invincibles (Women)
Sun Jul 28 (20 ovs)          
19:35 local | 18:35 GMT
14:35 EDT | 13:35 CDT | 11:35 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Welsh Fire (Men) v Oval Invincibles (Men)
Mon Aug 5 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Welsh Fire (Women) v Southern Brave (Women)
Mon Aug 5 (20 ovs)          
19:30 local | 18:30 GMT
14:30 EDT | 13:30 CDT | 11:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Welsh Fire (Men) v Southern Brave (Men)
Thu Aug 8 (20 ovs)
12:30 local | 11:30 GMT
07:30 EDT | 06:30 CDT | 04:30 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Welsh Fire (Women) v Northern Superchargers (Women)
Thu Aug 8 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Welsh Fire (Men) v Northern Superchargers (Men)
Sat Aug 10 (20 ovs)
15:30 local | 14:30 GMT
10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Welsh Fire (Women) v Birmingham Phoenix (Women)
Sat Aug 10 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Welsh Fire (Men) v Birmingham Phoenix (Men)
Wed Aug 14 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group B - Glamorgan v Yorkshire
Thu Aug 29 - Sun Sep 1
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Leicestershire
Fri Sep 13 (20 ovs)
2nd T20I - England v Australia
Tue Sep 17 - Fri Sep 20
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Yorkshire
Thu Sep 26 - Sun Sep 29
County Championship Division Two
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire
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