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Stradey Park
Llanelli, Wales
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Established 1879
Unused 2008
Capacity 10,800
Floodlights Yes
Home team(s) Scarlets
Time 18:42, Thu Oct 23, 2014 (UTC +0100)
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Stradey Park was opened in 1879 as the home of Llanelli, hosting its first international eight years later when Wales played England. It was an inauspicious debut. The England side refused to play on a frozen pitch, so the game was moved to an adjacent cricket field and thousands of spectators in temporary stands were left disappointed. In 1891 the second international, against Ireland, went off without a hitch. The venue hosted many memorable matches, including defeats for Australia (1967) and the All Blacks (1972). It staged one match in the 1999 World Cup. The professionalisation of rugby caused Llanelli financial problems, and in 1997 the ground was sold to the Welsh RFU. In 2008, Stradey Park was sold to developers, ending 129 years of rugby on the site. Llanelli moved to a new purpose-built $45 million venue on the outskirts of town.

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Oct 23, 2008
Stradey Park long shot
Stradey Park long shot
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Oct 11, 2008
The crowd look on as a scrum takes place as Stradey Park
The crowd look on as a scrum takes place as Stradey Park
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Aug 16, 1997
General view of Stradey Park in Wales
General view of Stradey Park in Wales
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