The decision by the ECB to award a 2009 Ashes Test to Glamorgan was a controversial one. Whatever the rights and wrongs, development is underway to make Cardiff a top Test Match venue by April 2008.
As the weeks and months tick by until the new stadium's completion, I will be bringing regular updates on its progress. Glamorgan take to the road for the first half of 2007, but are planning to play 20/20 matches at Sophia Gardens by the end of June.
The first major international game to be held at the revamped venue will be the England v South Africa ODI in 2008.
The National Cricket Centre and Premier Members' Area is one of the few parts of Sophia Gardens which will remain as it was.
Only 2 parts of the ground remain intact, the Premier Members' seating area (above) and the River Taff End seats (out of view on the right).
Glamorgan's ground will resemble a building site for much of 2007
Access to the ground is extremely limited at the moment, but I did manage to take a few pics on Saturday 10th March.The diggers get to work where the old Cardiff Athletic Club pavilion once stood.
As the pics demonstrate, all of the outdated and temporary seating has gone, and the foundations are being put in place for state of the art new stands and facilities.