THE departure of the Blues leaves significant question marks hanging over the future of the Arms Park.
When the rugby region move to the new state-of-the-art stadium on the outskirts of the capital in 2009 the city-centre venue will remain the home of Cardiff RFC, the Welsh Premiership side who attract regular crowds in the region of 1,000 supporters.
Cardiff RFC currently have a 15-year lease for use of the stadium, but it seems impossible the club will be able to sustain itself in the Arms Park for any significant length of time.
The club will inevitably move to another location in Cardiff, with the facilities where the Welsh rugby squad currently train in Sophia Gardens being strongly linked.
The land on which the Arms Park stands is owned by Cardiff Athletic Club and it is they who must make a decision over the future of the historic venue.
The land was originally donated by the Marquis of Bute with a covenant that it be used for sporting purposes, but the fact it is one of the prime pieces of real estate in the Welsh capital could see that interpretation stretched to the limit.
The council have long been looking for a site to build a conference centre for the city and linking it to the Millennium Stadium would also provide the facilities needed to attract events such as the Champions League final.
There is also talk within the corridors of power of trying to link Bute Park to the area by tunnelling under Castle Street.
This would lead to an open area next to the Millennium Stadium that could even include shops and residential apartments.
A decision on the future of the Arms Park could be made by the athletics club within the next few months, with the city’s council eager to move things along.
Executive member for sport, councillor Nigel Howells said, “The future of the Arms Park site is down to the athletics club, but of course the council takes a keen interest in what might develop.”
Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain, the days of the Arms Park are most certainly numbered.