Liberty Stadium

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: September 14, 2015

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Aerial View of Liberty Stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Swansea

Address: Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA

Capacity: 20,750

Opened: 2005

The Liberty Stadium, home to Swansea City is an all-seated football ground with a capacity of 20,750. It’s often one of the smallest in the Premier league, however in Wales it is the third largest behind Cardiff City and the Millennium Stadium.

Stadium Guide

History

Swansea City first moved into the Liberty Stadium at the start of the 2005/2006 season, with the first competitive game held against League One rivals Tranmere Rovers. Christening the stadium with a 1 nil victory, The Swans had a fantastic inaugural season at Liberty Stadium making two appearances at the Millennium Stadium, with a victory against Carlisle United to lift the Football League Trophy in one and a defeat against Barnsley in the play-off final in the other.

It’s staggering to think just how far Swansea City has come in the last decade, with the club reaching the dizzying heights of the Premier League in 2011 – the first Welsh club to do so, three seasons ahead of rivals Cardiff City. A large part of the club’s success is undoubtedly down to the Liberty Stadium, however the club weren’t able to finance the move themselves.

Swansea had previously played at Vetch Field since forming in 1912, and the 12,000 capacity ground was wholly inadequate for modern day elite-level sports. Fortunately Swansea Council saw the plight of the current sports teams in the city and teamed up with a developer-led consortium, build a multi-purpose 20,000 capacity arena which they could all use.

Located on the banks of the River Tawe, the stadium was constructed as part of a wider retail complex which cost an estimated £50 million, with more than half of this cost covering the stadium alone. Commonly known as “White Rock” during construction, the name Liberty Stadium is actually derived from sponsorship rather than any local or historical meaning.

The record attendance was set against Arsenal on the 9th November 2014 and the club are currently exploring the viability of expansion after successfully consolidating their place in the Premier league. During the same season the record was set, it was the second smallest ground behind QPR’s 18,000 capacity Loftus Road.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium:
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Stands

The four parts of the liberty stadium are named after points on the compass: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away fans

Away fans making the trip to see their team take on the Swans are housed within the North Stand of the ground which is the goal-end marked out by the white seats which contrast with the black ones to spell “Ospreys” – the name of the resident rugby side who also shares the ground.

The standard allocation of 2,000 tickets can sometimes be reduced to half if the away contingent is expected to be smaller although this is less likely to happen in the Premier League. The North stand is uniform in size to the other sections of the stadium, consisting of an upper and lower tier which offers fans a choice of where to sit depending on their preference.

With flawless sight-lines throughout the stadium it doesn’t really make too much difference where you sit, although you may want to avoid sitting near to the barrier between the home fans if you’re bringing your children with you. Away fans should note that there are no ticket sales before kick-off!

Best Pubs

The two closest places which seem to permit both home and away supporters are Frankie & Bennys Italian-American restaurant, and the Harvester known as Morfa Parc. Despite being traditionally viewed as restaurants, they’re both equipped with decent sized bars, and are located towards the south-west of Liberty Stadium.

Otherwise, or in addition to, more pubs can be found within Swansea city centre with a lot of choice on Wind Street. Pronounced “Wined” street (Perhaps appropriately), there are numerous pubs to visit here including Bank Statement, Yates’s and The No Sign Bar which specialises in real-ales.

Inside the ground you can also get pints of Carling and Worthington, with the concourse open to fans around 90 minutes before kick-off.

Food

Outside the stadium there is a smallish retail parkto the east of River Tawe which has a few fast food staples such as KFC and Pizza hut. The western side also has independent eateries such as Rossi Original Fish & Chips, Pizzeria Vesuvio, and Indian Flavours.

The nearby Morfa Parc Harvester and Frankie & Bennys can also be used for their proper function, rather than just for a drink. Otherwise you can choose to get something once inside the concourse, or back within the train station at the city centre.

Club Shop

Swansea City operate three physical club shops: Liberty Stadium, Cwmdu Industrial Estate and within Debenhams at the Quadrant shopping centre.

Stadium Shop Opening Times:

  • Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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The Swans Adidas Club Shop. For match days it is open until kick-off with no official word on whether or not it reopens after the full time whistle for a short period.

Stadium Tours

Fans of both the Swans and Ospreys are given the chance to visit the normally restricted access areas of Liberty Stadium by booking a stadium tour.

Fore more information such as prices you can send an email  to tours@liberty-stadium.com or try phoning the club on 01792 616402.

Ticket Information

For the Premier League Swansea use a two-tier pricing system based on the profile of the opposition.

  • Category A: £45.00 for adults, and £22.50 for under 16s and concessions
  • Category B: £35.00 for adults, and £17.50 for under 16s and concessions

To purchase tickets you can either visit the official website, phone the ticket office on 0844 815 6665 or visit it in person at the stadium between Monday and Friday 10.00 am – 6.00pm or Saturday 10.00 am – 4.00pm.

Matchday Travel

Liberty Stadium is located a mile and a half away, north of the main urban centre and railway station. The average Football Tripper should be able to walk to the ground in well under 30 minutes.

The exterior of Swansea's liberty city stadium shared by both the local football and rugby teams.

The exterior of Swansea’s liberty city stadium shared by both the local football and rugby teams.

Driving

Liberty Stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA.

Car Parks

Parking options around the stadium are limited to the use of residential permits, and the retail park forbids you from staying there more than a few hours which is far from ideal.

Some fans suggest driving past the stadium, and passing under the bridge in order to find “normal” street parking which will leave you with a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium. Alternatively you could park within the city centre and depending on your budget, get a taxi in.

Another new option which is beginning to grow in popularity is the Park and Ride facility at the Felindre Old Steel Works site. This offers parking and a shuttle bus for the cheap price of £6.00. Located off of Junction 46 from the M4, the bus journey to the stadium will take you 20 minutes and it is away fan friendly with buses segregated by support.

Train

Swansea Railway Station is served via connections to London Paddington by First Great Western and to Manchester Piccadilly by Arriva Trains Wales.

The Liberty Stadium is around two miles from the main station and there isn’t an additional train service which takes you further along, meaning you have the choice of either walking the 25-30 minute walk, hitching a taxi or jumping on the bus.

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Swansea City Fans proudly posing with the Welsh Flag.

Bus

The frequency and speed of bus services more than make up for the lack direct rail connection to Liberty with Buses 4, 120, 125 and the X20 taking around 6-8 minutes. Departing from outside the train station, the bus terminal is easy to find and very convenient to use.

Note: The Stops you want to get off at are either Landore or simply Liberty Stadium.

Airports and Flying

Swansea Airport (Maes Awyr Abertawe in Welsh) is located on Fairwood Common, 6 miles South West of the city centre which will take an estimated 20-25 minutes by car.

Hotels

Liberty Stadium lacks hotels within it’s immediate vicinity but by travelling south towards the the city centre you will find more than enough choice with the likes of Windsor Lodge Hotel, two Premier Inns and The Grand Hotel which is right outside the train station for maximum convenience.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: September 14, 2015

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