Cardiff Arms Park

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Cardiff Arms Park (Welsh: Parc yr Arfau Caerdydd), also known as The Arms Park, is a rugby union stadium situated in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. The history of the rugby ground starts with the first stands appearing for spectators in the ground in 1881–1882,[4] although the Arms Park had cricket played on the site since 1848.[3] Until the end of the 2008-09 season, the stadium was the home to both the Cardiff Blues rugby union team and Cardiff Rugby Football Club, however with the Blues moving out to the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff RFC are now the only tenants.

Until 1966, the site had a cricket ground to the north and a rugby ground to the south. The cricket ground was home to the only Welsh first-class cricket club, Glamorgan County Cricket Club. The rugby ground was host to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958 and home to Cardiff RFC and the Wales national rugby union team. From 1970, the site had two rugby union stadiums: the Cardiff rugby ground, which had replaced the cricket ground, and the National Stadium. The National Stadium was home to the Wales national rugby union team and it was officially opened on 7 April 1984, however by 1999 the Millennium Stadium had replaced it as the national stadium of Wales. The Cardiff rugby ground has remained the home of Cardiff RFC, but this is unlikely to continue beyond 2009/2010 as the professional Cardiff Blues team moved to the new Cardiff City Stadium in August 2009, and the semi-professional Cardiff RFC is expected to relocate at the end of 2009/2010 season to make way for further redevelopment.

The site has been host to many sports, apart from rugby union and cricket; they include athletics, association football, greyhound racing, tennis,[5] British baseball and boxing. The site also has a bowling green to the north of Cardiff rugby ground, which is used by Cardiff Athletic Bowls Club, this is the bowls section of the Cardiff Athletic Club.[6]

The National Stadium also hosted many music concerts including Bon Jovi, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Michael Jackson.

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