Swansea City FC
Liberty Stadium

Capacity: 20,700 (all seated)
Address: Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2FA
Main Telephone No: 01792 616 600
Fax No: 01792 616 606
Ticket Office: 0844 815 6665
Team Nickname: The Swans or The Jacks
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Pitch Size: 114 x 74 yards
Home Kit Colours: All White With Gold Trim
Away Kit Colours: Yellow & Blue
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas

Shirt Sponsors: GWFX
Official Web Site:
www.swanseacity.net
Unofficial Web Sites:
Planet Swans
Vital Swansea (Vital Football Network)
www.scfc.co.uk

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Contents
What's The Liberty Stadium Like?
Future Developments
The Liberty Stadium (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East & South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
South & West Stands (photo)
How To Get There By Car or Coach & Where To Park
By Train
Looking Towards The North Stand (photo)
North Stand
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Ivor Allchurch Statue (photo)
Programme & Fanzines

Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance

Fixtures 2014-2015
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Other Places Of Interest
View From The Away Section
(video)
Liberty Stadium Location Map


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What's The Liberty Stadium Like?
The Club moved to the Liberty Stadium in 2005, after spending 93 years at their former Vetch Field home. Built by Interserve for a cost of around £30m, it is located near to the former site of the Morfa Athletics Stadium on the West side of the River Tawe. The stadium was christened White Rock by the Swansea residents, but was renamed the Liberty Stadium under a 10 year corporate sponsorship deal.

Although fairly conservative in its design, the stadium is still impressive. It is completely enclosed with all four corners filled with seating. Each of the four stands is two tiered and three are of the same height. The West Stand at one side of the pitch is slightly taller, having a row of 28 corporate hospitality boxes, situated above the upper tier. The Club's offices are also located behind this stand. An unusual feature is the great use of transparent roofing towards the South End of the stadium. This allows more natural light into this area, making for an interesting effect. Both ends have an electric scoreboard situated on the front of their roofs, although for some reason the scoreboard at the North End is larger than the one at the South End. Outside the stadium at the South West corner, by the club shop and ticket office, is a statue of former Swansea legend Ivor Allchurch. The stadium is shared with Ospreys Rugby Union Club.

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Future Developments
The Club have put in a formal planning application to extend the capacity of the Liberty Stadium to 34,000. The first phase of the developments would see an additional tier being added to the East Stand, increasing the number of seats by 6,000. This would be followed at a later stage with additional tiers being added to both ends of the stadium. No time scales have been announced as to when these developments would take place.

The Liberty Stadium

Liberty Stadium

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the North Stand at one end of the stadium. Up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated in this area, although this allocation can be reduced to 1,000 for teams with a smaller following. The views of the playing action from this area are excellent as there is a good height between rows and the leg room is probably one of the most generous of any stadium that I have visited. The concourses are spacious, with food and beverage outlets, plus a number of television sets, for pre-match and half time entertainment. As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities are good. Away fans are separated from home fans by two metal barriers, with a line of stewards and Police in-between. Interestingly, the main singing contingent of home fans, have, in the traditions of the Vetch Field, situated themselves along one side of the pitch in the East Stand, rather than at the South end of the stadium.

David McNeil informs me; 'As a West Brom fan on holiday in Swansea, I visited the new stadium for the first League game against Tranmere. The stadium is very impressive and the facilities inside the stadium are excellent. Large concourse and great views from the stands. The atmosphere generated by the Swansea fans was excellent throughout the 90 minutes and it will become an intimidating place just as the Vetch used to be. Pre-match entertainment was enjoyed by my kids especially the antics of Cyril the Swan. Great day out, would love to visit the ground again when West Brom play there'.

Tickets will not be sold to away supporters by Swansea City on the day of the match, so do not travel unless you already have a ticket from your own Club. It is also worth bearing in mind that the Swansea fans are passionate about their club and this can make for an intimidating atmosphere. Exercise caution around the ground.

Steve Griffiths adds; '
On the nearby retail park, there is a KFC & Pizza Hut – within 5 minutes walk. Opposite the stadium is a very nice chippy called ‘Rossi’s’. As well as the usual chips with fish, pies, sausages, etc.. they also do salads and jacket potatoes'.

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East & South Stands


East & South Stands

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Where To Drink?

Phil Weston a visiting Stoke City fan informs me; 'The Liberty Stadium is a lot more friendly than the old Vetch Field. Stoke fans were drinking in The Harvester and Frankie & Benny's just outside the ground and a couple of the pubs just up from the stadium'.

Otherwise it a choice of a drink on the way to Swansea, go into the city centre or drink inside the stadium.
Merv Williams informs me; 'There are a number of pubs on Wind (pronounced as winding a watch) Street in the centre of town, such as Yates, the Bank Statement and the No Sign Bar (the latter being listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Ask for Castle Gardens, and you'll see Wind Street'. Mick Clarkson a visiting Preston North End fan adds; 'After leaving the train station we proceeded up the High Street and went into the Full Moon public house.
The locals both young and old were very friendly and we had a good laugh with all in there both before and after the game. Basic pub with pool table and Sky Sports and a Leeds fan for a landlord and excellent cheap beer'. The Railway Inn on Siloh Road, is best avoided by away fans.

Alcohol in the form of
Carling lager and Worthington bitter are served within the stadium. The Club open the turnstiles 90 minutes before kick off, so that fans have the option to eat & drink within the stadium itself.

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South & West Stands


South & West Stands

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How To Get There By Car or Coach & Where To Park
Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (sign posted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and half miles and you will reach the stadium on your left. Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place. However away mini buses and coaches can park behind the North Stand in a fenced compound, at a cost of £20 per coach and £10 per minibus. Don't be tempted to park on the nearby Retail Park as you may well end up with a ticket, or worse still, clamped for your trouble!

Away Fans Park & Ride Facility

Away supporters are being encouraged to use the Park & Ride facility located at the Felindre old steel works site, which is signposted off Junction 46, shortly after leaving the M4. The cost of parking there including transport by bus to and from the stadium is £6 per car.
Away supporters have their own separate buses to and from the stadium, with the buses waiting outside the away stand at the end of the game to take supporters back to the car park. Simon Wright a visiting West Bromwich Albion fan adds; 'The park and ride is located in the middle of nowhere, but curiously has a high fence. Apparently the facility is also used as a park and ride for the DVLA so the fencing may be for the benefit of their staff. There are toilets on the site although they do look rather ancient. All the staff were friendly and the buses frequent. After the game has ended, the park and ride buses leave the compound with the away coaches for fairly obvious reasons. In my case, this meant a wait of around 20 minutes'.

There is also some street parking to be had. If coming from the M4, you pass the stadium on your left and continue straight on towards Swansea, then after going under a bridge, then there are a number of roads on the right, where on street parking is available. It is then around a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. However, please note that after the game has ended the Police close the A4067 road running past the stadium, meaning that you can't go back up to the M4 that way. You need to instead go back up to the stadium and where the road is closed turn right at the roundabout onto the A4217. At the next roundabout turn left continuing away from Swansea City Centre. At the junction with the A48 turn right and this takes  you up to Junction 44 of the M4.

Andrew Bartlett a visiting Southampton fan adds; '
I i
ntended to use the park and ride and followed the signs but found the site to be desolate wasteland with flooded potholes, not very inviting at all. Instead I drove on to the stadium and despite the dire warnings found free on street parking only a few minute's walk away and almost traffic free after the match. The level of security and large Police presence was completely unnecessary for such a low key game'.

Map showing the location of the Liberty Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: SA1 2FA

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By Train

Swansea Railway Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the stadium. Regular local bus services (every ten minutes: routes 4, 4a, 120, 122, 125, 132) and taxis (around £6) are available from the train station to the stadium. Otherwise if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Neath Road. Proceed straight along Neath Road and you will eventually reach the stadium on your right. Thanks to Tom Evans for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Looking Towards The North Stand


Looking Towards The North Stand

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Local Rivals
Cardiff City and from a little further along the M4, Bristol City & Bristol Rovers.

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Admission Prices

Like a number of clubs, Swansea have a category system (A & B) for match tickets, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices in brackets.

All areas of the stadium:

Adults £45 (B £35)
Over 60's £22.50 (B £17.50)
Full Time Students
£22.50 (B £17.50)
Under 16's
£22.50 (B £17.50)
Disabled supporters are admitted at the relevant price above, a helper is admitted free.

Category A games are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Please note that tickets for the away section are not on sale on the day of the game, but must be purchased in advance from the visiting club. Concessions will require proof of status to purchase tickets and to gain access to the stadium.

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Ivor Allchurch Statue


Ivor Allchurch Statue

The plinth on the statue reads:
Ivor Allchurch MBE
'Swansea's Golden Boy'
16.10.29 - 09.07.97

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme 'Jack Magazine' £3.
Swansea Oh Swansea Fanzine £1
A Touch Far Vetched Fanzine £1

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Disabled Facilities
26 spaces for wheelchair away supporters are available in the North Stand at the front of the upper tier. There is a lift on the concourse of this stand to help disabled fans gain access. Five car parking spaces are reserved for visiting disabled fans at the stadium, at a cost of £10 per vehicle, but these must be booked in advance through your own club. Additionally there is a disabled drop-off bay by the stadium and the 'Park & Ride' scheme is wheel chair accessible. Disabled fans pay the full adult ticket price, but the helper goes free.

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Ground Layout


Liberty Stadium Swansea Layout

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Record & Average Attendance
At The Liberty Stadium:
20,796 v Tottenham Hotspur,
Premier League, January 19th, 2014.

At The Vetch Field:

32,796 v Arsenal,
FA Cup 4th Round, February 17th, 1968.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 20,407 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 20,370 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 19,946 (Premier League)

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Swansea City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Fans Reviews Of The Liberty Stadium
Lee Jones (West Bromwich Albion) 15/3/14
Christian Stephenson (Arsenal) 28/9/13
Jack Richards (Arsenal) 28/9/13
Paul R (Arsenal) 16/2/13
Steve Chambers (Norwich City) 11/2/12
Victoria Evans (Tottenham Hotspur) 31/12/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the stadium.

Access their Swansea Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Other Places Of Interest
The Gower peninsula adjoining Swansea is very picturesque and the area called 'The Mumbles' can be lively on summer weekends. The area has great beaches and several pubs along the sea front and is not a bad place to stay at for the weekend.

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View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for supplying the video above.

Map showing the location of the Liberty Stadium, railway station and listed pubs



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Feedback
Any inaccuracies or you have something to add, then please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 1 July 2014