Liberty Stadium (White Rock)
|Clubs||Swansea City FC|
|Record attendance||20,526 (Swansea City - Chelsea, 31/01/2012)|
|Design||TTH Architects, Gateshead UK|
Description: Liberty Stadium
When it was still a plan and later a construction site, this ground was most commonly referred to as ‘White Rock’. This derived from old copper works that used to be in its place. However upon opening municipality decided to give it a more neutral name of New Stadium Swansea that would attract sponsors. First naming rights deal was signed in October 2005, just 3 months after inauguration.
Simple, single-tiered bowl that accommodates 20,532 people was designed by TTH Architects. Conference and banqueting infrastructure is located in the main grandstand. The venue was a public-private partnership case, but without Swansea City FC or the rugby side Ospreys who couldn’t afford participating in an investment of this size. Municipal authorities thus cooperated with a consortium of developers who aided the stadium in return for retail park in the vicinity.
Wales: Swansea's stadium lease approved
As expected, Swansea City FC's bid to lease its Liberty Stadium home has been backed by the council cabinet. This paves way for expansion and upgrades.
Wales: Swansea City ready to take over at Liberty Stadium
Agreement reached, now the last thing needed is the green light from council cabinet. If it's approved, Swansea City will take total control of Liberty Stadium for the next 37 years.
Wales: Swansea “very close” to stadium deal?
According to BBC Wales, it's finally close to an agreement about Swansea City taking over at Liberty Stadium. This would end a deadlock over the ground in recent years.
Wales: Swansea City finally to take over at Liberty Stadium?
New owners have the same plans as have been on the table for years. Taking control of Liberty Stadium, expanding it and possibly selling its name. A Wales Online report.
Wales: Liberty Stadium expansion again on the table?
With new ownership structure Swansea City may again discuss expanding Liberty Stadium to 33,000 seats or even further.
Cardiff: European success won’t force Wales to larger stadium
The Welsh national team was greeted by some 200,000 people in Cardiff, having reached unprecedented success at Euro 2016. Still, moving back to Millennium Stadium is not an option.
Cardiff: Chance for safe standing throughout Wales?
Currently Welsh stadiums are regulated by English laws. If Wales gain autonomy to introduce their own regulations, safe standing might kick off in Swansea and/or Cardiff. Concrete steps soon!
Wales: Liberty Stadium expansion (still) on hold
Despite negotiations ongoing for many months, there’s still no resolution of the Liberty Stadium issue. Swansea City want to invest, but only on conditions acceptable for the club.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
Wales: Swansea determined to add 6,000 seats
Compared to declarations from last year, the project is way behind schedule. But Swansea City assure they’re determined to increase capacity. Simply not at any price.
Wales: Swansea City want to buy Liberty Stadium
City council confirmed talks are already ongoing with Swansea City on the sale of Liberty Stadium to the club. City FC want to expand, while the city of Swansea need to cut spending by 81 millions.
Swansea: Liberty Stadium to gain 6,000 new seats
50% more than estimated initially – that’s the capacity increase update from Swansea City chairman. Instead of 4,000, the first phase of expansion will bring 6,000 seats and possibly 20 skyboxes.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
England: Fans to protest ticket prices again
On August 14 supporters from across England will demonstrate in London, showing their outrage with pricing policies at Premier League clubs. Some season tickets have risen by 30-40% for the upcoming season and only Manchester City offers any season ticket below £300.
Swansea: Liberty Stadium expansion should start in January
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.
England: Premier League stadiums not fit for disabled fans
Only 3 of the 20 Premier League grounds meet all guidelines in terms of accessibility. World's richest league made little progress despite current guidelines being 10 years old.
Wales: Swansea city council approve Liberty Stadium expansion
Premier League's smallest stadium has just gained the approval of Swansea City council to grow to some 33,000. The only thing that can stop the ground from reaching the projected size now is... McDonald's.
EU: European Commission scanning state aid in stadium construction and operation
The Commission is running a Europe-wide investigation into public aid regarding sports infrastructure. After clearing financial schemes in France, Belgium and Hungary, more countries are now seeing their projects examined.
2026 World Cup: Wales announce will to bid despite having only one stadium
First minister and football association chief of Wales both suggested the country will apply for the 2026 World Cup. But despite their claims they have only one stadium to offer at this point and their most preferred joint bidders, England, don’t seem to need a partner.