Match Day Guide

With crowds permitted with no restrictions, our match-day experience at the iconic Cardiff Arms Park is returning to normal and we cannot wait to welcome you.

Here you will find everything you need to know about our home fixtures, the match-day experience and our famous ground in the heart of the city centre but please note that this is indicative of a typical fixture.

 

Buying tickets:

The best way to purchase tickets is online during the Early Bird window (typically up to two weeks before the game), this will ensure you benefit from the best possible price.

You can also purchase tickets by calling 029 20 302030 or by visiting the club ticket office or reception in person. 

Opening times:

Our gates typically open 1.5 hours before kick-off with the first hour ‘Happy Hour’ across all of our public bars. Please make sure you arrive early to make the most of our pre-match atmosphere.

Access:

South Stand - If you are seated in the South Stand you can access your seats by going up the ramp at the Quay Street Entrance.

South Terrace East and West - The South Terrace can be accessed by walking down the ramp at the Quay Street Entrance. Here you will be met by stewards, who will scan your tickets and direct you to the correct side.

North Stand and Terrace - Please enter the stadium via the Angel Hotel entrance and pass through the famous Gwyn Nicholls Memorial gates.

Family Stand - If you are sitting in the family stand, you can enter via either entrance to take your seat. We are currently reviewing our offering for families and hope to bring a number of initiatives into play for the 2022-23 season.

Travel:

As the iconic Cardiff Arms Park is in the heart of the Welsh capital, and right next to the Principality Stadium, there is no public parking available on site during match-days but we are well served by public transport.

We are located just a 10 minute walk from Cardiff Central train station and are on numerous major bus routes. 

Arms Park aerial

If driving, there are countless public car parks within walking distance including Sophia Gardens, where we have preferential rates, an NPC directly opposite the ground and at the St David’s 2 shopping centre. 

We also have safe storage facilities available for bicycles on both sides of the ground. 

Entertainment:

There is always plenty going on around Cardiff Arms Park and entertainment for all the family.

Cor y Gleision, the Cardiff Arms Park Male Voice Choir, Ragsy, Bass 12 and Cardiff University Brass Society are among our regular performers as well as numerous other singers, bands and DJs.

Typically players arrive an hour and half before kick-off, you can see them arrive behind the South Stand, and before each game we also host a player signing (approx 1 hour before kick-off) with non-playing players so you can meet some of your heroes.

This takes place in the South Stand tunnel and opposite the Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation, which is located at the back of the clubhouse. 

At half-time there is often live entertainment both on the pitch and in front of the clubhouse with kid’s tag rugby is a staple event as we showcase the good work of our Community Foundation and give aspiring players the chance to emulate their heroes on the hallowed (artificial) pitch.

One of the benefits of having an artificial surface is the ability to welcome all supporters onto the pitch at full-time and with Covid restrictions lifted, this is something we hope to bring back very soon!

Food and drink:

No matter which part of the ground you are in, there are always plenty of food and drink options available. 

As well as the regular gourmet burger vans, we regularly invite independent street food vendors to our matches including Lekker Food Co, Fizz N Flour and Meating Point, who have all been frequent attendees in the 2021-22 season. 

There are a range of options available to suit all tastes and budgets with the vendors serving from gates opening.

We also welcome a number of independent coffee companies including Dillon Lewis and Brad Thyer’s very own Fat Dragon Coffee, Bro Coffee and the Handlebar Barista.

The majority of these can be found in front of the clubhouse, which is always a hive of activity. 

With regards to bars, the North side of the ground is predominately served by the Black Bar and a Gin Bar. Those in the North can also enjoy the Clubhouse, if members of the Cardiff Athletic Club, the Guinness Bar and the Pack Bar, which is directly opposite.

Attendees in the South can also access these, however they also benefit from four further bars - the Fanzone, Jack Matthews Bar and Taff End Bar, which are all behind the South Terrace and a further unit in the South Stand Concourse

Retail:

While our main retail operation is now housed within the WRU Retail Store on Westgate Street, on match-days you can also attend a further club shop behind the Family Stand and a mobile unit behind the North Stand. 

Here you will find our full range of available merchandise, which can also be bought online by clicking here. 

For more information on the history of the ground, car parking in the week or disabled visitor information please click here.