Swansea: Liberty Stadium expansion should start in January
source: southwales-eveningpost.co.uk; author: michał
Swansea City chairman announced the upper deck of Liberty Stadium’s east stand may begin to grow in January. First phase will see a 4,000-5,000 capacity increase.
Huw Jenkins, chairman of Swansea City, released a statement about most probable groundbreaking on Liberty Stadium expansion. Breaking ground will be literal, because works will first start in the ground behind existing east stand.
This way a new steel frame for additional sections can be built without sealing off even one seat of Liberty Stadium. This forms a crucial part of the scheme, because Swansea enjoys sell-out crowds every game, having the very smallest Premier League stadium.
Should everything go as planned, works will commence in January. This way roof could be replaced between the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. New one will cover both the existing and newly added seats. How many? This is still unclear.
"Phase one, which will not affect seating capacity for the forthcoming campaign, consists of expanding the East Stand to accommodate an additional 4,000 to 5,000 seats”, says Huw Jenkins. "This will go some way to satisfying the additional demand to watch the Swans in action at the Liberty Stadium."
While capacity increase is a must for City, it may prove problematic for the Ospreys, stadium’s rugby tenant. Their average turnouts are much smaller and more seats means higher organization costs.