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Blues to return to Cardiff City Stadium for rest of season

17th February 2012

Following a constructive board meeting on Friday afternoon, Cardiff Blues can confirm that their three remaining fixtures of the season against the Scarlets, Ospreys and Edinburgh will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Blues recorded a win against Connacht last Friday when they faced the Irish province at Cardiff Arms Park in front of a crowd of 8,000 supporters. The Blues face Ulster there this evening with capacity increased to 9,000.

Speaking of the decision Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Richard Holland said:

“Playing the Connacht and Ulster matches at the Arms Park has proved to be a very constructive exercise and certainly answers a lot of questions for us going forward.”

“We are fortunate that we are able to play matches at both grounds which offer us different facilities for the whole spectrum of our support.”

“We had a crowd of 22,000 for the Ospreys and 14,000 for the Scarlets last season and the maximum capacity at the Arms Park would be 12,000.”

“Therefore it makes sense for us to play these matches back at the Cardiff City Stadium which is our home and a fantastic facility.”

"We still have 17years of our 20 year lease in place at the Cardiff City Stadium, however, we have listened to our supporters and played these two matches at the Arms Park.”

“Obviously we now have a clearer picture of the possibilities for the 2012/13 season if we decide to play some of our matches around the region.”