Cardiff Arms Park will require a new surface after damage suffered while the ground has been part of the Calon y Ddraig field hospital during the fight against coronavirus.
Speaking in Wednesday night’s Q&A with supporters, chief executive Richard Holland confirmed that “due to the longevity of the generators and the marquees, as well as everything else that went in to support the hospital, it has caused some damage to the pitch which means we have to put a new surface in.”
As a result all Cardiff Blues games up until the end of November will be played at Rodney Parade. These will be against Connacht on Saturday, Ulster on Monday 2nd, Benetton two weeks later and Glasgow Warriors on Sunday 29th.
Holland continued that they are “waiting for suppliers to offer a timeline, and it may not be until the end of December that we get back on the Arms Park”, which would mean playing a European home game at Rodney Parade in the middle of the month.
There is then a question mark over whether the back-to-back derbies against Ospreys and Scarlets on the first two weekends of the New Year will be played at our historic home, with an update to come closer to the time.
In terms of payment, to replace the plastic surface for another high quality surface could cost up to £500,000. WalesOnline are reporting that this will be covered by insurance, but whether that is Cardiff Blues, Welsh Rugby Union, NHS Wales or Welsh Government insurance is unknown. Nevertheless, Cardiff Blues will not be out of pocket.