Cardiff Arms Park (Wales)

Some of the more observant of you will wonder why this wasn’t covered when I visited the Millennium Stadium a few weeks back. They are neighbours after all.
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I did take in Arms Park too and as a tourist it was the more enjoyable of the two, but it never hurts to mix things up a bit. So I’ve left it a week or so.
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It’s also a dubious one in terms of football grounds. It’s currently home to Cardiff Blues and has hosted rugby since it was built. However it’s also had several football matches played there, generally the Welsh national side, and so it’s definitely worthy of inclusion here.
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I’m fairly certain I hit lucky when visiting which both helped and hindered. It was late on a weekend night so the photos aren’t brilliant,  but a function being on meant the ground was unlocked and so easy to pop into.
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It’s certainly an eerie one. Aside from being alone it sits in the shadow of the Millennium Stadium, which towers above it and dominates everything around.
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Arms Park is pleasant though, with four proper stands. Admittedly one of them is just full of executive boxes (I’ve nicked a couple of daytime pictures to show you), but it feels like a proper stadium.
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I’m tempted to give this a thumbs down. If the gates are locked then there won’t be much to see, plus it’s only occasionally been a football stadium. However that would be harsh, and seeing how it’s right next door to the Millennium, it’d be rude not to drop by.
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Woodhorn Lane Update

Another busy week at Ashington where the new stand is really starting to take shape. The steelwork is in place, as are the rows that will house the seats. You can even see that it looks like there’ll be a proper tunnel for the players to walk out of. Very exciting.

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