11 Facts About Arms Park


Cardiff Arms Park, known as The Arms Park, is situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales.

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The Arms Park was host to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958, and hosted four games in the 1991 Rugby World Cup, including the third-place play-off.

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Originally the Arms Park had a cricket ground to the north and a rugby union stadium to the south.

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Cardiff Arms Park site was originally called the Great Park, a swampy meadow behind the Cardiff Arms Hotel.

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The Arms Park soon became a popular place for sporting events, and by 1848, Cardiff Cricket Club was using the site for its cricket matches.

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At that time Cardiff Arms Park had a cricket ground to the north and a rugby union ground to the south.

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Arms Park hosted the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, which was used for the athletics events, but this event caused damage to the drainage system, so much so, that other rugby unions complained after the Games about the state of the pitch.

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However, in 2012 Cardiff Blues announced that they would be making a permanent return to Cardiff Arms Park following declining attendances at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Cardiff Arms Park is best known as a rugby union stadium, but Cardiff Athletic Bowls Club was established in 1923, and ever since then, the club has used the Arms Park as its bowling green.

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Arms Park was born in 1907 and became chairman of the Cardiff RFU and president of the WRU between 1973 and 1974.

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British baseball matches have regularly taken place at the Arms Park and hosted the annual England versus Wales international game every four years.

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