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.

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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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By Car

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.

By Train

Llanelli 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 be caught.

By Air

Cardiff 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 Amsterdam.

Bristol and Birmingham airports are also within reach of Llanelli, although the connection times are lengthy compared to Cardiff.

The East Stand
Image: Lee West

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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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The West Stand

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  • 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.
  • Back 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.

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  • In 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.

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In Town

  • Machynys Golf Club provides a challenging 18-holes of links golf with views over Carmarthen Bay.
Off the Beaten Path

  • The Millenium Coastal Path runs from Llanelli to Pembrey Country Park, 22km of walkway and cycle routes cutting through the the Millenium Coastal Park.

Key Information

Disabled Supporters

  • There are 64 designated disabled spaces in the ground in the upper levels of the North Stand, 32 of which are for wheelchair supporters.

  • Complimentary carer spots are provided with each ticket, and are also available to those assisting supporters with visual impairments.

  • 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 kick-off).

  • 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. 

Stradey Park

  • The Scarlets moved from their traditional home of rugby in Llanelli Stradey Park to the purpose-built Parc y Scarlets in November 2008.

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