Scarlets - Parc y Scarlets
The Scarlets were formed in 2003 when the WRU restructured Welsh professional club rugby in order to concentrate both talent and money into fewer professional teams. They were originally known as the Llanelli Scarlets before the 'Llanelli' element was dropped in 2008 to reflect that the club represents an area greater than the town of Llanelli. The Scarlets are affiliated with a number of traditional sides in Welsh club rugby who compete in the Welsh Premiership, including Llanelli RFC (where the Scarlets name originates from), Carmarthen Quins RFC and Llandovery RFC.
Ground Information Back to Top ^
The Parc y Scarlets is a £23m purpose-built rugby stadium that opened in 2008. The ground replaced Stradey Park, which was the home of rugby in Llanelli for over 100 years. Whilst it can't bring along the history of the old place, Parc y Scarlets is comfortable and has all the facilities you'd expect from a new build, whilst retaining the character of a proper rugby stadium.
The main all-seater stand is
the South stand, which contains a large concourse with plenty of
bars/catering facilities, the ticket office and club shop. The North
Stand sits opposite and has a terraced standing area for 1,800. This
tends to have the best atmosphere on match days and is the place to
mingle with other fans. The West and East stands at either end are
all-seater, though considering the Scarlets rarely get capacity crowds
at the Parc these tend to be empty on matchdays.
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Parc y Scarlets is located on the edge of town, close to the A484 and A138 so access is relatively easy. Driving directions can be located here. Regarding parking on match days, there are around 700 pay and display places for supporters to use, with plenty of alternative parking available close-by.
railway station is located in the town centre, 2 miles from the
stadium. Arriva Trains Wales services operate to Swansea (25 minutes),
Carmarthen (30 minutes) and Cardiff Central (80 minutes), where the
majority of connections to other parts of Wales, England and beyond can
International Airport is 56 miles from Llanelli, and the two are
connected by rail in around 90 minutes (although you have to change
trains at Bridgend). Scheduled flights operate to destinations
including Dublin, Newcastle, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris and
Bristol and Birmingham airports are also within reach of Llanelli, although the connection times are lengthy compared to Cardiff.
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Drinking Back to Top ^In The Ground
The South stand has a large concourse with plenty of bars, and is a good place to get out of the cold at half-time and have a chat with other supporters.
Before/After the Game
The Supporter's Village next door to Parc y Scarlets opens two hours before kick-off and includes a bar and beer garden, as well as food and children's play areas.
Aside from the village, the nearby Halfway Hotel and Pemberton are popular spots for supporters to grab a drink.
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Eating Back to Top ^
- The Supporter's Village mentioned above sells matchday grub, including much-lauded hog roasts if you're lucky. Outside the North Stand there are additional food vendors.
- There are plenty of chain restaurants in and around the stadium. An out of town retail park known as Parc Trostre lies across from the stadium and has a Subway, Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds if you need something cheap and easy. Another retail park opposite the stadium, Parc Pemberton has a Frankie & Bennys.
in town, Sosban is one of Llanelli's
top-rated restaurants and is part-owned by former Scarlets and Wales
International's Stephen Jones and Dwayne Peel. It's probably a good
idea to book in advance to make sure you get a table however.
Sleeping Back to Top ^
- Just to the North of the City Centre is the 4-star Stradey Park Hotel
town, the budget-friendly Miramar benefits from a location adjacent to
the railway station, whilst the Old
Castle and the Thomas Arms offer
centrally-located B&B accommodation.
Make a Trip of It Back to Top ^In Town
- Nearby is the National Wetlands Centre, 450 acres home to plenty of wildlife.
- Machynys Golf Club provides a challenging 18-holes of links golf with views over Carmarthen Bay.
- The Brecon Beacons National Park is a short drive from Llanelli, featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales.
- The Millenium Coastal Path runs from Llanelli to Pembrey Country Park, 22km of walkway and cycle routes cutting through the the Millenium Coastal Park.
Pemberton Retail Park
- Fan's Forum
- There are 64 designated disabled spaces in the ground in
the upper levels of the North Stand, 32 of which are for wheelchair
- Complimentary carer spots are provided with each ticket,
and are also available to those assisting supporters with visual
- Those with difficulties climbing numerous steps can request
a seat in the most accessible parts of the stadium.
- There are 27 disabled car parking spaces at the ground.
There are also drop-off points at the South Stand (more than 1 hour
before kick-off) and Maes y Dafen Road (less than 1 hour before
- Supporters wishing to utilise any of the facilities should contact the club in advance.
- In their first season the Scarlets won the Celtic League
(now Pro12) title, with a 23-16 win over Ulster on the final day of the
season enough to get them over the line.
- The club have yet to win any silverware on the European front, though they have reached the Quarter Finals of the European Cup on 8 occasions and the Semi-Finals on 3 occasions.
- The Scarlets moved from their traditional home of rugby in
Llanelli Stradey Park to the purpose-built Parc y Scarlets in November
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