Our match day guide for England v South Africa


We look forward to welcoming visitors to Sophia Gardens for our England vs South Africa Vitality IT20 next Thursday, 28e July.

To make your experience as pleasant as possible, please read the information below before you arrive and share it with other members of your party who are not registered to receive our communications.

Tickets for this match are SOLD OUT, so they will NOT be available for purchase. Only valid ticket holders will be able to enter the field. Same-day ticket requests will be handled by the Gate 2 ticket office.


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OPEN DOORS – 4:30 p.m.
START OF THE GAME – 6:30 p.m.
FIRST ROUNDS – 6:30-7:55 p.m.
INTERVAL – 19.55-20.15
SECOND ROUND – 8:15-9:40 p.m.

(hours subject to change)


WALK – the most popular and scenic way to access the stadium from the city center is on foot. The last part of the leisurely walk takes you through the gardens of Cardiff Castle and along the banks of the famous River Taff (walking time approximately 20 minutes). Use this Google Maps link or enter the following postal code from your preferred map provider: CF11 9XR.

Please note that Bute Park (across the river from the stadium) closes at 8pm, so be sure to plan your route out of Sophia Gardens accordingly. Stay on the stadium side of the river if you want to walk downtown.

BY BUS: Regular bus services run from Westgate Street to and from Cathedral Road (closest bus stop to Sophia Gardens). For more information and routes, please visit cardiffbus.com.

BY TRAIN: Cardiff Central Station is approximately one mile from Sophia Gardens (walking time approximately 20 minutes). Our volunteers will be on hand to guide you. High-speed trains run regularly between Cardiff and all major cities including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Swansea.

BY THE ROAD: From London: Travel time is approximately 3 hours via the M4 Westbound. From Birmingham: Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours via the M5/M50 southbound then the M4 westbound. If traveling west along the M4, exit at Junction 29 and follow signs for the city centre. If traveling east along the M4, exit at Junction 33 and follow signs for the city center

CAR PARK: There is no parking near Sophia Gardens other than disabled parking. There are many independent car parks spread throughout the city. For the nearest Pontcanna and city center car parks, please visit the Cardiff City Council website here. A park and ride service will operate from Cardiff City Stadium. It costs £10 and operates between 2pm and 11pm. Please use the following postcode to get to Cardiff City Stadium: CF11 8AZ and follow the Park and Ride signs.


Access to the stadium will be via electronic tickets.
Your e-ticket is a pdf in the email you will have already received from the club. This contains barcodes that must be scanned at the door from your phone or a printed copy. We suggest that you download your e-ticket(s) before arriving at the stadium, in order to make your entry as smooth as possible.

Tickets will be available in advance only; none will be available for purchase on the day. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., ready for you to proceed safely to your assigned seat. Check your e-ticket for entry and seat details.


Our stadium stewards will be available at all times. We suggest bringing only essential items with you or leaving bags at home if possible. Bag searches will be in place as soon as you enter, so please read our stadium Ground rules to understand the permitted and prohibited items before your visit.

If you have any concerns that day or see anything wrong, please contact your nearest steward who can assist you.


This is a reserved seat. Please only sit in your assigned seat, as it will remain yours for the duration of the match. Check your e-ticket for your entry and seat details.


The safety of our visitors remains paramount to us, and we continue to implement thorough cleaning procedures and good hygiene practices in the stadium.

We ask stadium visitors to remain considerate and respectful while on site and to remember that others may have ongoing health conditions which may affect them or their loved ones. Maintain a reasonable distance whenever possible and do not come to the site if you have symptoms or have tested positive.


Glamorgan Cricket and Sophia Gardens invite visitors to UNITE against all forms of discrimination. There is no place for that in our sport.

We are committed to elevating the game and making our stadium welcoming to everyone. If you witness any inappropriate, anti-social or racist behaviour, please inform your nearest steward or Text UNITE at 60650.

If you witness it, challenge it and CALL HIM.


Sophia Gardens is now 14 years old and has been in need of renovation and modernization for some time. Over the winter, the Club undertook a major maintenance project around the grounds to improve the facilities and enhance the experience for our guests. We have been busy replacing over 12,000 old seats, painting stadium infrastructure and upgrading toilets.

We appreciate your patience while the rest of this work is finalized.


A range of food and drink outlets will be on site and can cater to all tastes and requirements, including vegan and halal options. The bars will open at 4:30 p.m. when the doors open. The main Food Village will be located on the road between our stadium (Gates 1 & 2) and Sport Wales. We also have food and beverage outlets in the Pavilion Lawn area. The following suppliers are confirmed, to whet your gourmet appetite!

Dewi’s Lair | Stack of Wings | Crave Burger | Roast pork | French Galette | Kerala Karavan | The Meat Point | Chang’s Wok | Hello good pie | The Tornado | Bring & Braai

Public bars will close 4 overs before the end of the game. The reception areas will close half an hour after the end of the match.

Note: We are still operating as a cashless stadium, so please bring card payment rather than cash.

We will not admit those who are visibly intoxicated and we have breathalyzers in place to check.


Sustainability has long been an important topic at Sophia Gardens and over the winter we have undertaken several initiatives to reduce our waste and become more sustainable as a club. In our public spaces, we have eliminated single-use plastic disposable pint glasses. We’ve also set up new recycling facilities in more places around the floor – they’re all signposted.

Use our Green cup reusable cups for your drink – drop off your reusable cup at collection points located throughout the stadium. Please do not place them in other bins.


Everyone is welcome at Sophia Gardens and we strive to provide facilities to make our visitors feel at home. Our multi-faith room for this particular match is located in the Sport Wales building and will be clearly signposted. Please refer to the stadium map for directions to the facilities you wish to use, or ask any steward. Please treat everyone with kindness and respect.


Many activities take place around the stadium to keep you entertained. There will be live music from Winfield & Soriano, located under the Pro Steel Engineering booth. Head to the family zone on the clubhouse lawn to enjoy some football darts, get your face painted or test your cricket skills with our community friends!

All these activities are free, so avoid the queues and come early to enjoy them!


We intend to provide useful information on accessibility, including the facilities we have in place. Visit this website page for more information. Glamorgan Cricket is a proud member of the Level Playing Field organization. Fully accessible restrooms (“changing rooms”), with an adult lift and changing table, will be located under the Castell Howell stand.


The official club shop is located at gate 2 and will be open from the opening of the doors at 4:30 p.m. Glamorgan 2022 shirts and England Cricket merchandise are available in store.



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