Located in the Sophia Gardens on the River Taff, Sophia Gardens Cardiff cricket ground is one of the international venues for Test cricket. It is situated near the sports hall complex of the Sports Wales National Centre. The Cardiff City Council owns it, and the Glamorgan County Cricket Club plays its home matches here since 1967. However, the Cardiff Corinthians F.C. have also played at this arena. The ground went under reconstruction in April 2007, took around a year and opened with a competitive Friends Provident Trophy match between Glamorgan Dragons and Gloucestershire Gladiators.
Welsh cricketer Michael John Powell proposed a wish in 2007 to get his rib buried at this ground which was removed during surgery.
Sophia Gardens received the tag of an international venue by hosting a 1999 Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Australia. For 12 years from 2001-2012, it served as one of the venues for nine One Day Internationals.
In 2012, it was chosen as one of the three venues to host the significant matches of 2013 ICC Champions Trophy along with the Oval and Edgbaston.
The ground was also selected as the venue to host the first Test of the Ashes series of 2015.