Spotlight: Cardiff’s sporting success

Oct 31,2014

Cardiff is famous for its rugby roots. Home to the impressive Millennium Stadium, it sees the Wales national rugby union team frequently tackle its way to victory. In fact, they've won the Six Nations no less than twenty-six times. So it's undeniable that Cardiff is well and truly on the map when it comes to this rough-and-ready sport. But what about the city's other active offerings? We've been informed by the experts at Copthorne Hotel Cardiff that the capital of Wales has much more to give than just rugby. We couldn't resist investigating…

Cardiff: A spectacular sporting success

From cricket to white water rafting, football to ice hockey, this city has got something for everyone.

Handy hint: With so much on offer to both watch and take part in, you may want to look into some Cardiff hotels. If one thing's for sure, there's more than a day's worth of fun to get through.

Water sports

One of Cardiff's biggest selling points is the beautiful Cardiff Bay. It is Europe's largest waterfront development and has a fascinating history. All of that water, however, makes for more than just a spectacular view. The bay is actually a widely respected sporting destination. Offering a multitude of activities, it attracts wetsuit clad enthusiasts all year round. And then there is the prestigious Cardiff International White Water. Renowned for its world-class training, it's the go-to place for all things water-sport. Surfing, canoeing, white water rafting and river boarding are just some of the activities on offer. Be prepared to dive in at the deep end!

Football

Cardiff City FC fans will tell you that their home turf - Cardiff City Stadium - is one of the greatest places on earth. It is the second largest stadium in Wales, after the Millennium Stadium, and is a fantastic venue to watch a game. What non-Cardiffians might not know is that Cardiff City FC is one of only a few welsh sides to play in the English football league system. They even played in the premier league for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Established all the way back in 1899, the club is a true signifier of Cardiff's sporting success.

Ice hockey

Thousands of spectators regularly flock to the capital of Wales to watch the Cardiff Devils in action. The team has experienced a stream of successes since its inception in 1986, winning a total of seven league titles. And recently it has made the news with a phenomenal turn out of fans, resulting in sell-out after sell-out. So if you fancy a change from 'conventional' sport, why not stay in Cardiff next time the Devils are playing? A word of warning though: this tough-team game isn't for the faint hearted.

Cricket

Cardiff Cricket Club is one of the oldest sporting organisations in the whole of Wales. Established in 1819, it has been around for nearly two hundred years. With its successful senior team and thriving junior team, the club is cherished by the local community. With so much to offer, it'd be a shame not to pop a long next time you spot a sunny Saturday in Cardiff.

Whether you're into the adrenaline-fuelled action of ice hockey or the calmer terrain of cricket, Cardiff is well worth a visit. Famed for its world-class rugby but offering so much more, this city is somewhat of a dark-horse. Here's to putting Cardiff on the map as the spectacular sporting success it really is.

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