Arms Park transforms into NHS site to help fight Coronavirus

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Cardiff Arms Park has been handed over to the National Health Service to assist with turning the Principality Stadium into the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

The famous old ground has been part of many great moments in rugby history and lived through some of the most significant moments in world history, including being bombed during the Second World War, and will now take part in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

With next door becoming the field hospital and the first 350 patients expected to arrive in the coming days, the Arms Park has been covered over and transformed into a support area.

The offices of the hospital management, a staff welfare centre and catering services will all utilise the home of Cardiff Rugby for the foreseeable future as Cardiff and Vale Health Board continues to deal with the demand placed upon it by the virus.

Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Richard Holland told the official club website, “As soon as we were made aware of the plans to turn the Principality Stadium into a hospital, we offered the entire Arms Park site to assist with the project.

“Our operations team have been working tirelessly with colleagues at the WRU, Principality Stadium and the local health board and the Arms Park has now been transformed.

“The site will initially act as a logistical base during the construction phase of the hospital and once completed we will have welfare, catering and other facilities available to assist the brilliant NHS staff.

“These are uncertain and unprecedented times but we are proud to be able to support the NHS by making our facilities available.”

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