2012 Olympics in Cardiff

2012 Olympics in Cardiff

2012 Olympics in Cardiff is a section of the website dedicated to whats going on in Cardiff during the London 2012 Olympics. Cardiff has many sporting facilities which are to be used for holding events and as training facilities for olympic athletes during the games. Please feel free to comment on articles about the 2012 Olympics in Cardiff and offer suggestions to others when possible.

Cardiff 2012 Olympics Events

Olympic events 2012 Cardiff

Cardiff 2012 Olympics Events

The 30th Olympiad may have got its official regal all-singing, all-dancing, bell-ringing and flame lighting opening in London on Friday night, but the capital of Wales saw the first sporting action two days earlier when the Team GB women’s football team beat New Zealand 1-0 in Cardiff’s famed Millennium Stadium.

In fact, Cardiff will host a grand total of 11 matches in the men’s and women’s football competition. Ryan Giggs will play in his home city when the Team GB men take on Uruguay on August 1.

Sadly this showpiece match is already sold out but tickets for most other games are still available and can be had from the London 2012 website (http://www.tickets.london2012.com/) for as little as £20. Beware of scamming websites and bogus ticket sellers though.

You also need to plan ahead as it has been taking some time to collect tickets and get through the tight security in the stadium. You can check all the hoops you’ll have to jump through at the Millennium Stadium site. (http://www.millenniumstadium.com/events/26967.php)

One of the beauties of Cardiff’s compact centre and the Millennium Stadium is its accessibility to locals, but if you’re travelling you should consider using the park and ride scheme to get into the city centre. You can find the latest travel advice on Cardiff Council’s visitors’ website. (http://www.visitcardiff.com/the-olympics-in-cardiff)

But enough of the boring details here’s the full schedule for Cardiff’s Olympic events…

Cardiff Millenium Stadium 2012 Olympic Events

Cardiff Millenium Stadium 2012 Olympic Events

July 31, 2.30pm kick off, Japan v South Africa in the women’s tournament. This group F game sees the experienced Japanese face Olympic debutantes South Africa. The Japanese women were quarter finalists in Athens 2004 and it took the mighty Germans to deny them a bronze medal in Beijing and this could be a chance to catch a team on their way to the final. The South African women, who enjoy the nickname, Banyana Banyana, or ‘the girls’ make their Olympic bow and, so far, their inexperience has shown with two losses from two.

August 1, 5pm kick off, Mexico v Switzerland in the men’s tournament. Both these sides opened their group B accounts with draws and will be desperate for wins to put them in the picture for the quarter finals. Tottenham fans can cheer on Giovani dos Santos in a Mexico side playing in their 11th Olympic tournament. This is only the third time the Swiss have appeared in the Games, but they are the proud holders of a silver medal from 1924’s Paris games – the Chariots of Fire’ Olympics. Look out for Fulham play maker Pajtim Kasami.

August 1, 7.45pm kick off, Great Britain v Uruguay. After all the arguing over whether or not Team GB should even exist and, if it did, whether Wales internationals should join in this is a big day for several Welsh stars. Swansea stars Joe Allen and Neil Taylor will have the unusual experience of being cheered on by a Cardiff crowd while for Aaron Ramsey will return to the town where his career took off and Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs get chance to play on the green green grass of home. Great Britain has two gold medals, but the last was over a century ago. Uruguay have won gold every time they’ve appeared at the finals – in 1924 and 1928 – and have a strong squad with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez the over-age captain.

August 3, 5pm kick-off runners up of group E v runners up of group F in the women’s tournament. It’s down to the quarter-final stage and this match could easily see the Team GB women back in Cardiff.

August 4, 7.30pm kick-off winners of group A v runners up of group B in the men’s tournament. If Team GB win their group they’ll be in the Millennium again to face Gabon, Switzerland, Mexico or South Korea.

August 10, 7.45pm kick-off, the Bronze Medal Final men’s tournament. While all British fans will hope their boys will be waiting for the Wembley final the next day this could be another chance for Wales fans to cheer on their heroes. In fact if the bookies are right they’ll be facing Uruguay to take third spot.

Outside Of The Arena

Outside Of The Arena

If you can’t get tickets to the games there’s a big screen showing the games in The Hayes where a gaggle of plastic farm animals have been grazing since last week. It’s right in the heart of town and you might even hear the cheers from the fans in the ground if you watch a Millennium fixture here.

Given, Wales’ love of all things sporting, you won’t struggle to find a pub or bar showing lycra clad heroes sweating it out. Boxing fans might want to make a pilgrimage to the statue of ‘Peerless’ Jim Driscoll in Bute Terrace, or head out of town for a pint of Brain’s in the Royal Oak pub on Newport Road – the pub, which used to be owned by Driscoll’s descendants, is a shrine to local boxers whose pictures cover the walls of the main bar.

If watching all that sporting effort is getting you either in the mood or exhausted then take a look at Cardiff International White Water in the sports village close to the shiny new Cardiff Bay development. They’re running a host of special offers over the summer. (http://www.ciww.com/content.asp?nav=4&parent_directory_id=1&id=169)

Also down on Cardiff’s waterfront, the Wales Millennium Centre is playing host to a work inspired by the games. In Water I'm Weightless is a production of the National Theatre Wales featuring a deaf and disabled cast and has been described as poignant, funny, radical and athletic. (http://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2012-2013/18961/weightless/?view=Standard) The area boasts some beautiful views, boat trips and is a gourmet’s delight too. A spectacular new Doctor Who exhibition should keep sci-fi fans happy too.

There’s more traditional showbiz at the WMC too as the run of Hollywood-inspired musical Sister Act crosses its finishing line on August 4, before going all Disney for a visit by Mickey Mouse and friends from August 8. (http://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2012-2013/18959/55024/?view=Standard)

In Cardiff Castle, the Firing Line museum dedicated to the Welsh military is using the London games as an excuse for a look A Sporting Life in Welsh regiments – very good a bobsleigh would you believe.

If sport runs in Welsh veins, then music is the heartbeat, and there’s a fun interactive event at St David’s Hall, MusicMix is a free five day music course for 14-18-year-olds that will culminate in a live performance. You can find out more at the Arts Active website. (http://artsactive.org.uk/)

The Olympic rings have been proudly on display in front of the city’s world-famous Civic Centre and it’s here you’ll find the National Museum. Always worth a visit, the current exhibitions of story book artist Anthony Browne’s magical work and the stunning natural imagery in the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer are perfect for family visits.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 20:13

Cardiff Olympic Games Travel Info

Cardiff Olympic Games Travel Info

Park and Ride

Park and Ride is an ideal method of transport for getting to and from the city centre during the Games.

The park and ride sites have provisions for the disabled with parking adjacent to the bus pick-up point within the site, as well as low-floor access buses.  The sites are adjacent to major road networks in Cardiff.  

Drivers are advised to leave the M4 at Junction 33 and follow the signs to the available parking site at the time of arrival. 

The Park and Ride service is £10 per car.  To reserve your parking space, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The hours of operation are outlined below on an individual event basis.  Sites will open 30 minutes before the first bus, and close 30 minutes after the last bus leaves the city centre.



First Bus (from park and ride)

Last Bus (from city centre)

Wednesday 25th July




Thursday 26th July




Saturday 28th July




Tuesday 31st July




Wednesday 1st August




Friday 3rd August




Saturday 4th August




Friday 10th August




We suggest that you allow 15 minutes walk from the drop-off point to the Stadium, and a further 40 minutes to reach your allocated seat.

Coach Parking
Free coach parking will be provided in Cardiff's Civic Centre.  Travel by coach is ideal as a means of contributing to the minimising of highway congestion.

Drivers are advised to leave the M4 at Junction 32 and follow the signs for coach parking.

For those closer to the city centre, secure cycle parking is located in Sophia Gardens.

Road Closures in the City Centre During the Games
The city centre will be subject to a full event road closure two-and-a-half hours prior to the event, and for at least one hour afterwards.

The road closure is outlined below:

  • Kingsway from its junction with North Road / Boulevard de Nantes to its junction with Duke Street.
  • Cowbridge Road East from its junction with Cathedral Road to its junction with Westgate St.
  • Tudor Street from its junction with Clare Road to its junction with Wood Street
  • Plantagenet St and Beauchamp Street from their junctions with Despenser Place to their junctions with Tudor Street
  • The following roads will be closed in their entirety: Duke Street, Castle Street, High Street, St Mary Street, Caroline Street, Wood Street, Central Square, Westgate Street, Quay Street, Guildhall Place, Golate, Park Street, Havelock Street and Scott Road.
  • The following roads will be closed to cars on each event day from 6am - 10pm: King Edward VII Avenue, Museum Avenue, City Hall Road, Gorsedd Gardens Road, College Road

Rail Travel
Cardiff Central Railway Station is a short walk from the Millennium Stadium.  Passengers are advised that Cardiff Central Station will be extremely busy on Olympic event days and to allow plenty of time to travel before and after events.

More information, including useful phone numbers and a printable map of the queuing system at Cardiff Central Station on match days, is available here.

For further information, please contact Traveline or Network Rail.

Bus Travel
Bus services in the area will be affected.

Cardiff Bus Olympic travel information can be found here.

For further information contact the bus companies or visit their websites.


Source: Cardiff Council

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 21:04

2012 Olympic Games - some handy links for staying up to date

2012 Olympic Games - some handy links for staying up to date


Official site:


The official facebook - facebook.com/London2012

The official Twitter - @London2012

The official Youtube - youtube.com/london2012


Transport sites:

Transport for London (TfL) tfl.gov.uk

Travel Line Cymru (Wales) - traveline-cymru.info


Local Gov sites:

London - london.gov.uk

Cardiff - cardiff.gov.uk


London 2012 Official Sponsors:

We didnt want to seem biases and as no ones sponsoring the WoiC site... you can find links to all the official sponsors on the London 2012 site at the official site: London 2012 Sponsors


Independent olympic site:


and thier twitter - @LO2012


News Sites:

BBC News Olympic site - bbc.co.uk/2012

and of course thier twitter feed @bbc2012


Skip straight to the image searches:

Photobucket 2012 Olympics search results - www.photobucket.com/images/2012+olympics/

and the more risque...(please note these are not regulated so you may find all sorts of images being incorrectly tagged)

Picfog - picfog.com/search/olympics

Twitcaps - twitcaps.com/search?q=olympics

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 21:04

Olympic Flame in Cardiff

Olympic Flame in Cardiff

Olympic Torch relay route map in Cardiff - London 2012 Olympics

Cardiff is set to hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration event on Friday 25 May.

Amazingly 8,000 people will carry the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay. Their personal stories will have the power to inspire millions of people watching around the world.

The Olympic Flame will travel to within 10 miles of 95% of the UK’s population.

You can see the street by street level map on the official London 2012 website where its show Cardiff’s street level route.

Day 6 of the Olympic Flame Torch Relay will see with the Torch event in Cardiff coming in from Newport, leaving at 15:46 and heading into Cardiff. Day 7 sees the Olympic Torch sees events starting at 06:29 on Saturday 26 May in Cardiff Bay and heading through the streets of Cardiff, Through Grangetown and up to Penarth Rd. It is then due to start at Dinas Powys at 07:00 and 07:16 in Barry. The Olympic Torch will then take a route through several Welsh villages and up to day 8 where it will be in Swansea.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 06:28

The Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium is on the banks of the River Taff, right in the heart of Cardiff, Wales.

Sport: Football
Capacity: 74,600
New or existing: Existing, permanent

With a retractable roof, the Millennium Stadium has hosted many top sporting events, including FA Cup finals and the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final.

It is a short walk from the main Cardiff train station and there is easy access from the M4 and M5 motorways.

source: http://www.london2012.com/

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2011 20:19

2012 Olympic Football


Olympics 2012 Cardiff Football

Key facts

At the London 2012 Games, Football will be taking place at grounds across the UK

During the Football competition, approximately 2,400 footballs will be used.

Hungary has won three Football gold medals – more than any other country.

The only time a gold-medal match has been decided on penalties was in Sydney 2000, when Cameroon won.

The only time a replay was needed to decide a Football final at the Games was in Amsterdam 1928. Uruguay beat Argentina 2-1 in the decider.

Despite its successes in the FIFA World Cup, Brazil has never won an Olympic gold medal in Football.

Great Britain won the first Olympic Football gold medal at the London 1908 Olympic Games.

Venues: Wembley Stadium (finals), Old Trafford, Millennium Stadium, St James' Park, Hampden Park and City of Coventry Stadium (preliminaries)

Dates: Wednesday 25 July – Saturday 11 August
Events: 58 matches
Gold medals up for grabs: 2
Athletes: 504

Football: a history of the sport

Football is one of the most widely played and oldest games in existence. The ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans played something very similar to football long before the English Kings in the 1300s and 1400s tried to outlaw what they described as a violent sport.

In modern terms, football began when the Football Association of England was founded in 1863. The game was spread throughout the world by English sailors who used to play it wherever they went.

Football at the Games

Men’s Football was a demonstration event at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896. It became a full medal sport from London 1908.

At Barcelona 1992, professional players were allowed to take part in the Games for the first time. The rules were changed to make it an under-23 event, with three players over this age allowed in every team.

Women’s Football has no age limits and appeared at the Games for the first time in Atlanta 1996.

How to play – and win

Football is played on an outdoor grass pitch by two teams of 11 players.

The aim of the game is to score a goal by putting the ball in the other team’s net. The team that scores the most goals wins.

Only the goalkeepers on each team are allowed to touch the ball with their hands. The other players use their feet, head and body to move it around the pitch.

Matches are played over 90 minutes – two 45-minute halves.

Jargon buster

  • Foul: Any illegal interference with a player on the other team, such as kicking, pushing, shoving, tripping and dangerous or aggressive play.
  • Own goal: A goal scored for the other team when a player accidentally puts the ball into his or her team's goal.
  • Striker: An attacking player whose main job is to try to score goals.

source: http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-sports/football.php

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:21