Re-usable cups set to be trialled at the Arms Park

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Cardiff Blues have announced that re-usable cups will be trialled for drinks at the Arms Park from next season in a bid to reduce matchday impacts on the environment.

Supporters have been calling for the move to re-usable cups for some time after a previous trial saw the cups only available to buy from the club shop, rather than follow the format used elsewhere in Europe.

That sees supporters pay an extra £1 for the cup along with their first drink and allows them either to keep the cup or get their £1 back if they return in. The cups can then double up as a keepsake from the game as well as improving environmental impacts, with many who travel to away games building quite the collection.

If the trial is successful then Cardiff Blues will introduce a full series of cups for use at the Arms Park, with the move coming as part of a number of changes intended to improve supporter experience at home games.

The re-introduction of the Kids Zone under the South Stand and in front of the clubhouse has been a great success, while the switch to being a cashless stadium cutting queue times and improved training for staff allowing them to offer a greater level of customer service.

Future plans include improvements in food offering on match days, a fix for the faulty PA system at the Arms Park and attempts to improve toilet facilities, although this is something that will require a new lease agreement with Cardiff Athletic Club to fully achieve.

Cardiff Blues will continue to push for better kick-off times for supporters, with Friday nights and Saturday afternoons being the strong preference, although this largely remains out of the hands of the club.

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