Cardiff Blues: An Introduction
Until the beginning of the 2003/04 season Welsh rugby was organised in a typical league pyramid, similar to the English Premiership, at the top of which were 9 professional clubs. However, it had become clear that for financial reasons, Wales could not support nine professional teams.
In a process instigated by the then CEO of the Welsh Rugby Union, David Moffett, the nine clubs began the process of organising themselves into “Regional” teams.
An agreement was reached whereby Cardiff RFC would be allowed to form a standalone club, so that they would not have to amalgamate with any of the other 8 professional clubs. Consequently, Cardiff RFC created the Cardiff Blues, and the new club was launched in June 2003.
From the beginning of the 2009-10 season Cardiff Blues moved to the new Cardiff City Stadium at Leckwith, and so shared tenancy with Cardiff City F.C.
However on May 8 2012 it was announced that the 20-year lease between the two clubs had been broken “by mutual consent”, and that Cardiff Blues would return to the Arms Park from the start of the 2012/13 season. Declining demand and supporter dissatisfaction had already led them to playing a couple of games at the Arms Park in February, 2012. A maximum capacity crowd of 8,000 saw them play Connacht despite short notice, and a week later they sold out again against Ulster.
The Blues may still play some games at the Cardiff City Stadium if the demand is there.
Cardiff is an easy city to get to with more and more flights coming through Cardiff International Airport, which has direct links to Europe and Ireland as well as many British cities
The city is also well wired for rail and road links and once you are here, transport is mercifully easy. Compared to London and Paris, Cardiff is little more than a village (We are only talking size here!)
Stadium Name:Cardiff Arms Park
Stadium Address: Westgate Street
Telephone: 029 20 30 20 30
Programme £3.00 (64)
ColoursHome: Light Blue
Away: Dark blue
Updated August 2013
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