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CARDIFF IS A SPORTING CAPITAL
Cardiff has developed a fine reputation as a top-class sporting city over recent years. Named as the European Capital of Sport in 2014, the quality of our facilities continues to attract major international events. The highlights of Cardiff’s host city CV include the 2012 Olympics, 2015 Rugby World Cup, 2017 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race.
Whether you’re coming here to spectate or to take part, Cardiff’s sporting offer is ahead of many similar destinations. Successful sports teams, world-class venues for rugby, football, cricket and athletics, plus an International Sports Village with Olympic size swimming pool and ice rink are just some of the gems in Cardiff’s sporting crown.
SEE OUR SPORTS TEAMS IN ACTION
Cardiff is proud to boast 4 successful, top level sports teams, all based here in the city. With these teams in town there is always an incredible choice of sporting action right on our doorstep. So, get ready to support our boys and make some noise!
Cardiff City are a professional association football club currently playing in the EFL Championship; however, they have brought Premier League football to the city twice in the last 10 years, most recently in 2019.
Cardiff Devils are a British Elite Ice Hockey League team and narrowly missed out on a third consecutive title in the final match of the 2019 season, they are the current reigning EIHL Playoff Champions.
Cardiff Rugby (formerly Cardiff Blues) play at the famous Cardiff Arms Park and compete in the United Rugby Championship. Cardiff brought silverware home as recently as 2018 with their victory in the European Challenge Cup.
Glamorgan Cricket are the only first-class county team based in Wales and play their home matches at Sophia Gardens on the banks of the river Taff. Glamorgan clinched their first silverware for 17 years in 2021 as they won the Royal London Cup.
SPORTS EVENTS IN CARDIFF
INTERNATIONAL SPORTS VILLAGE
Cardiff’s International Sports Village, bordering the fresh water lake created by Cardiff Bay Barrage, already boasts two Olympic standard sporting facilities. Cardiff International White Water and Cardiff International Pool were both used as training venues for the London games in 2012. Alongside these you will find Ice Arena Wales, completed in March 2016 it is both a public skating rink and home of the Cardiff Devils.
THE HOME OF WELSH RUGBY
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is a world-class sporting arena with a giant retractable roof and a capacity of 74,000 people. A Mecca for rugby fans, the stadium is home to Wales’ national team during the Six Nations and Autumn Internationals. A truly multi-purpose venue, it has also hosted two Rugby World Cups, massive football matches, boxing and motorsports, as well as a range of major concerts.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT
If you're coming to Cardiff for a sporting event and you need a helping hand to plan your journey, then make sure you head over to our Visitor Information pages. There you will find advice on travel and transport, car parking, maps of the city and tips for tourists.