Cricket probably reached Wales and Glamorgan by the end of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to cricket in Glamorgan is a match at Swansea in 1780. The formation of Glamorgan CCC took place on 6 July 1888 at a meeting in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff. The club competed in the Minor Counties Championship for many years and then applied for first-class status after the First World War. Glamorgan CCC played its initial first-class match versus Sussex CCC at Cardiff Arms Park on 18–20 May 1921 and thus increased the County Championship to 17 teams. Captained by N.V.H. Riches, Glamorgan won this first match by 23 runs. Only one more victory was achieved that summer; Glamorgan lost 14 games and finished with the wooden spoon. Glamorgan won the county championship in 1948 under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, whose advocacy of high fielding standards was the key to beating stronger batting and bowling teams. Glamorgan was the unintentional venue for a piece of cricket history on 31 August 1968 when, during Glamorgan v Notts at Swansea, Gary Sobers hit all six balls in an over from Malcolm Nash for six.
The venue is home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club which has played its home matches there since 24 May 1967, after moving away from Cardiff Arms Park. A 125-year lease of the ground was acquired in 1995, with the previous leaseholders, Cardiff Athletic Club, moving their cricket section (Cardiff Cricket Club) to the Diamond Ground in Whitchurch. Beside the cricket ground is the large sports hall complex of the Sport Wales National Centre. Cardiff Corinthians F.C. have previously used the area for football. In July 2007, Glamorgan cricketer Mike Powell was granted his wish to have a rib, removed during surgery, buried at the ground. Sophia Gardens has been an international cricket venue since 20 May 1999, when it played host to the 1999 Cricket World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand. From 2001 to 2012, the ground was a regular venue for One Day Internationals, hosting nine matches in 12 years, but it was not until 2006 that it hosted its first England match, the first match of the series against Pakistan.
The Public Address system will give live scores and updates of key developments during the match. Glamorgan Cricket recognises that many people who visit The SSE SWALEC on match days may have special requirements. There is level access throughout the Stadium and via all entrance gates. Passenger lifts are available within all buildings to access higher levels. A limited number of Disabled Parking bays are available for every match day held at the Stadium and those are allocated on an application basis. It is advisable that disabled supporters wishing to attend a match at The SSE SWALEC purchase their ticket in advance so as not to be left disappointed. Any unsold wheelchair bay tickets will be available for purchase on the day on a first come, first served basis. Disabled supporters are asked to pay the requisite amount for their ticket and receive a free of charge carer ticket when required. To book disabled tickets, supporters should call 02920 419 311, prior to the day of the game they wish to attend to avoid disappointment. Wheelchair friendly toilet facilities are plentiful and located throughout the Stadium. A RADAR Key is required for use. If you require a key please seek assistance from your nearest steward. Glamorgan Cricket Stewards are trained to assist spectators with disabilities and will be more than happy to assist where possible.
Guide Dogs are permitted within the Stadium. Should your dog require water then please ask your nearest Steward and they will do their best to assist. An Induction Loop is located in Reception. . The Stadium Tour (which lasts approx 90 minutes) will give you a chance to see the magnificent facilities at the SSE SWALEC, as well as having a look behind the scenes at Glamorgan Cricket's headquarters. Your tour will start with a welcome from your guide in the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, situated on the first floor of the National Cricket Centre where there is a range of fascinating cricket memorabilia, together with other information about the rich history of the game in Wales and interactive displays.
Location : Swalec Stadium, Cardiff CF11 9XR
Transport: Cardiff Central (National Rail) 15 minute walk beside the Taff and Cardiff Castle. Bus Routes: 25, 62 and 63 stop nearby.
Capacity : 15,643
Opening Times: Daily 09:00 to 17:00
Tickets County/One Day : Adults £15.00; Children £3.00
Tickets T20 Blast: Adults £15.00; Children £5.00
Tel: 029 2041 9315