Cardiff City to play in red for 2012/13 season

Cardiff City kits
Blue will remain as part of the club's away kit Photo: Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff City have revealed the home and away kits for the next season, which will see a move to a red strip for home games.

The new strip - which will include a red dragon in place of the club's iconic Bluebird logo - was announced at 9am this morning, along with plans for a new training facility for the club.

The club said the "major and significant" funding package was a sign of the "confidence and long term commitment" held by the club's investors.

It comes after initial proposals revealed last month met with a mixed reception from fans.

New Cardiff City logo
The club says "a fusion of identities and values" will help in British and Asian markets Credit: Cardiff City FC

Our investors have been impressed with the passion and commitment from Cardiff City supporters for their team and want to harness these strengths to create an affinity between the club and the cultures of Wales and Asia.

With that in mind and as a part of the significant investment made to give the club the best chance of succeeding in this area, they believe very strongly that there is a need to make some radical, but important changes to our brand.

Key to the strategy is to ensure that the club representing as it does the capital city of Wales projects a national identity which will resonate with potential audiences abroad.

The colour red is widely recognised as being synonymous with Welsh culture and heritage, with Cardiff the proud capital of the country. The colour also holds strong spiritual significance in Asia, where it is seen as a symbol of prosperity, power and good fortune.

– Cardiff City spokesperson
The impression of a new training facility
The proposed new training facility Credit: Cardiff City FC

The statement also outlined plans for a 'state of the art' club-owned training facility, either at the existing Vale of Glamorgan site, or elsewhere in Cardiff.

We have been working closely with Malky and his back room staff to put together a blueprint for a state of the art world class training facility, encompassing full size training and show pitches, warm up and goalkeeping areas and all weather pitches as well as a full physiotherapy and rehabilitation facility incorporating the latest in medical thinking.

"We are currently looking at a number of options for the location of the new facility, either as an expansion of the existing Vale Resort site, or at an entirely new location within the City.

– Alan Whiteley, Cardiff City Chief Executive

The club said that its principal investors, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Dato Chan Tien Ghee had also committed the resolving the club's Langston debt.