|| With the "best rugby stadium in the world", plenty of football action and a wealth of top class sport centres, Cardiff has a lot to offer when it comes to sport.
For a start there are eight multi-purpose leisure centres in the city, which have an array of facilities including a swimming pool, sports hall, body-conditioning room, squash courts, and an aerobics area. In addition to this both Pentwyn [map] and Llanishen [map] leisure centres have wave machines and a flume to make your family swim a lot more fun.
If you prefer outdoor sports then you’re in luck because Cardiff has more than 40 locations where you can play football, rugby, cricket, baseball and tennis come rain, wind or shine. These outdoor leisure facilities are made up of 114 football pitches, 49 rugby pitches, 29 mini soccer pitches, 12 youth rugby pitches, 17 cricket areas, 39 baseball diamonds, 53 tennis courts and 108 bowling greens.
Keen rowers should make their way to Roath Park Lake [map] , where you can also spend the day fishing. There are also plenty of venues around Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan where you can play golf.
For those planning on playing sport in the evening there are outdoor floodlit pitches at Heath Sports Centre [map], Eastern [map], Pentwyn and Western leisure centres [map], and Channel View Centre [map].
Cyclists are also catered for in Cardiff as Wales’ only 460m cycle track is located at Maindy Leisure Centre [map], where there is also a bowls green, tennis courts and full size grass sports pitch.
If you’re into basketball there are a number of outdoor courts at leisure centres such as Eastern and Fairwater [map], while Cardiff Athletic Stadium's [map] all terrain pitch can be used for hockey throughout the year.
Those who prefer to watch sport rather than participate in it will not be disappointed as there are plenty of clubs to support including Cardiff City FC, Cardiff RFC, and Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
In addition to this the Welsh capital is home to the Millennium Stadium [map], dubbed "the best rugby stadium in the world", which plays host to a string of international sporting events. In 2004 and 2005 you will be able to catch Welsh Rugby Union matches, FIFA World Cup qualifying games, the FA Cup Final and the Carling Cup Final, to name but a few.
For more information on Cardiff’s leisure centres and sports pitches log on to www.cardiff.gov.uk.