End of an era for city landmark
Nov 15 2007 by Phillip Nifield, South Wales Echo
A LANDMARK was reached as bulldozers moved in to pull down Cardiff’s athletics stadium.
Just 18 years after the Leckwith complex opened, the stadium’s stand was pulled down to make way for the 30,000-capacity home for Cardiff City and Cardiff Blues.
When it was built the £5.5m complex won warm praise from athletes but has looked decidedly dated in recent years.
The stadium was to have been the focus of the 1994 Commonwealth Games if Cardiff had hosted it.
Linford Christie, Colin Jackson and Jamie Baulch are among the world class athletes who have competed at Leckwith.
Work on the new athletics stadium began earlier this month.
The track at the new athletics stadium, being built across the road has been laid and contractors are building the showpiece grandstand, ready for next spring.
When completed, the arena will boast world-class facilities. Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman said: “With the steel and concrete structure taking shape, I’m hopeful work will start on the internal parts of the grandstand before the worst of the winter weather sets in.”
The new football stadium will open for the start of the 2009-10 season.