Cardiff Blues can confirm that they will play this Friday's fixture against Connacht at Cardiff Arms Park.
All season tickets holders, premier club members and supporters who have purchased tickets for the match do not need to take any action as their tickets are valid for the game, which will be the first time the Blues have played a competitive match at the ground since moving to the Cardiff City Stadium in 2009.
The Blues have won six out of seven of their last matches at home with their solitary loss a 19-23 defeat to table topping Leinster in the PRO12 on 7 January. They have also already recorded a victory over Connacht this season with a 26-20 win in Galway on 29 October.
Speaking of the announcement to move the match, Cardiff Blues CEO Richard Holland said,
“There are no long term plans in place to move back to the Arms Park permanently, however, we have listened to what our supporters are saying and it should be a great occasion to play this match at the Arms Park.
“Hopefully there will be a good crowd there on Friday night.”
“Obviously Cardiff Blues still have a 20 year lease in place at the Cardiff City Stadium and moving the Connacht match to the Arms Park has no impact on this agreement.”
“These are difficult economic times and we have to explore ways of creating a sustainable future for the region.”
Cardiff Blues Chairman Peter Thomas added,
“I am pleased that the club is exploring all available options to us and playing this match at the Arms Park shows that we are listening to our fanbase.”
“The licensing constraint means that 8,000 is the maximum capacity we can have on the night, so I hope we have a large crowd there to enjoy the evening.”
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis said:
“The WRU applauds and supports this initiative from the Cardiff Blues.”
“In these tough times all of their options need to be considered.”
“It is a bold move and deserves credit.”
Season Ticket Holders
All Cardiff Blues Season Ticket holders will be seated in the South Stand (Millennium Stadium side), on a free seating basis. Season Ticket holders are asked to use the Millennium Stadium / Quay Street entrance opposite the NCP Car Park.
Premier Club and Executive Members
All Premier Club and Executive Members will be seated in the North Stand (Angel Hotel Entrance). All existing tickets and member cards will be valid. Members will be able to use the Cardiff Arms Park hospitality marquee on the evening. A hospitality package will be communicated directly to all members.
Match Day Tickets
All tickets already purchased for the match are valid. Anyone who has purchased tickets for more than £15 will be refunded the difference or offered a complimentary ticket for Cardiff Blues v Ulster.
Tickets for the match will go on sale from 1pm today (Tuesday 7th February)
All tickets for the match will be sold on an unreserved basis allowing supporters to stand or sit where they wish. Prices for tickets are as follows:
North Stand and Terrace (Angel Hotel Entrance)
Under 16’s: £5
South Terrace (Millennium Stadium Entrance)
Under 16’s: £5
Family Stand (Millennium Stadium Entrance)
Family Ticket: £20 (two adults and two children)
Purchase tickets in advance
To purchase tickets in advance please visit www.cardiffblues.com/tickets or call the ticket office on 0845 345 1400
Purchase tickets on the night
The capacity will be 8,000 on the evening and we expect there to be high demand for tickets. Should tickets still be available, supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the night from the Ticket Office situated opposite the Angel Hotel entrance
Details of car parking for Cardiff City Stadium permit holders will communicated directly to all members.