Friday, 22 June 2007

Glamorgan: Cardiff Ground Development (3)

Glamorgan's investment in their Sophia Gardens ground development is starting to bear fruit, as those who waited patiently in the Cardiff rain on the evening of the opening Twenty 20 game found out.

The progress since I last posted on this in March is significant, and there is a real feeling of a Test ground taking shape, despite the 3rd Ashes Test of 2009 being just over 2 years away. There is more to be done, but the development is on course for its planned completion date of Spring 2008, well ahead of September 3rd, the date of the England v South Africa ODI.

Glamorgan Chairman Paul Russell has spoken confidently this week of bidding for Twenty 20 Finals Day in 2010 and an England Test versus India in 2011.

#1 The site of the new pavilion and members' area (with cushioned seats). This is on the car park /open side of the 'old' ground.

#2 The new grandstand is in 'frame and foundation form' only. It will hold 6,000 fans. It is situated on the site of the 'old' pavilion.

#3 On the left, the Castle Stand provides seating between the new Grandstand and the old 'River Taff End' stand (which is thankfully still there!).

These pics were taken on the evening of Glamorgan's 1st Twenty 20 match of the summer, Friday 22nd June 2007. Persistent rain eventually forced the game versus Gloucesteshire to be abandoned without a ball bowled, despite a sell out crowd of 4,000 (limited capacity).

1 comment:

Tim said...

Looks terrific!