Cardiff City FC

Short history

The Cardiff City Stadium is a Premier League football stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. It's the home of Cardiff City Football Club. After the Millennium Stadium, it's the second largest stadium in Cardiff and Wales. The stadium was officially opened op 22 July 2009, with Cardiff City playing a friendly game vs Celtic.

The stadium was built on the site of the former Cardiff Athletics Stadium and forms part of the larger Leckwith development. The 60-acre (240,000 m2) development was estimated to cost £100m and include construction of the following:

  • A 27,000 seater stadium
  • A new athletics stadium Cardiff International Sports Stadium
  • 470,000 sqft (44,000 m2) retail development between 13 major retailers (Capital Retail Park)
  • A housing development on the site of Ninian Park
  • Brand new 70 room hotel with bar & restaurant
  • A new road system


Construction Timeline

  • 27 November 2006: Stadium business plan approved by Cardiff Council
  • November 2006: Three-month period began for possible legal challenge to deal. The council also had to receive approval from the National Assembly for disposal of the Leckwith land at less than market value.
  • Early 2007: Work started.
  • Early Spring 2007: Building of the retail park begin along with the major highways works around Leckwith Road.
  • Summer 2007: New athletics track finished around the middle of the summer.
  • October 2007: Commence main contract works.
  • Christmas 2007: Complete demolition works.
  • January 2007: Commence piling.
  • March 2007: Commence steelwork.
  • Summer 2008: Commence cladding.
  • Autumn 2008: Complete structure.
  • October 2008: West stand weathertight.
  • Christmas 2008: Fit-out access.
  • January 2009: Power on.
  • May 2009: Stadium completed.