Swansea City

Liberty Stadium

Capacity: 21,088 (all seated)
Address: Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2FA
Telephone: 01792 616 600
Fax: 01792 616 606
Ticket Office: 01792 616 400
Pitch Size: 114 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Swans or The Jacks
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: YOBET
Kit Manufacturer: Joma
Home Kit: All White With Gold Trim
Away Kit: Green and Black

External View
External View
South and West Stands
South and West Stands
East Stand
East Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Liberty Stadium Swansea City FC
South and East Stands
South and East Stands
Ivor Allchurch Statue
Ivor Allchurch Statue
Official Liberty Stadium Visitor Guide

Liberty Stadium SignThe 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 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. There are a couple of large video screens located in the opposite South East and North West corners. 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.

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.

 

Liberty Stadium SwanseaAway 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 plays 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 five 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'.

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'. John Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan adds; 'Just a few minutes walk away from the stadium on Llangyfeleach Road, is the Plough and Harrow, which admits visiting fans, There was a good mixture of both home and away supporters on our visit.' Nobby Nowland a visiting Bristol City fan informs me; 'Within ten minutes walk of the stadium is a newly opened microbrewery called Boss Brewing which serves great beers and burgers. You can also park there for free if available. I found it very friendly and visiting fans were welcomed.'

Otherwise, it is 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'. The Ivorites Arms on Dinas Street has also been recommended to me.

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

Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (signposted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and a 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 minibuses 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 Morfa Retail Park as it has a time limit for parking of 90 minutes, so you may well end up with a parking fine if you then stay for the duration of the match. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Liberty Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Away Fans Park & Ride Facility

Away supporters are being encouraged to use the Park & Ride facility located at the Felindre old steelworks, 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 £10 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 intended to use the park and ride and followed the signs but found the site to be a desolate wasteland with flooded potholes, not very inviting at all. Instead, I drove onto 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'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SA1 2FA

Swansea Railway Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the Liberty Stadium. Regular local bus services (every ten minutes: routes 4, 4a, 120, 122, 125, 132) and taxis (around £7) 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.

After the match has ended the Club provides a bus service to take away fans back to Swansea Railway Station. Shown with the destination 'Town Centre' it costs £2.80 single of £4.50 return per person.

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Zeelo Coach TravelZeelo is running direct coach services for home fans travelling to Liberty Stadium. With the poorly connected public transport and tiring drive, Zeelo offers a hassle free service straight to the stadium. Travel in a comfortable coach, with a guaranteed seat and soak in the atmosphere with other fans. This family-friendly service has special rates for seniors and children with prices starting from as little as £5.50 return. Check the Zeelo website for more details.

All areas of the Liberty Stadium
Adults £30
Concessions £17.50
Under 16's £15

Concessions apply to Over 60's, Under 16's and Full Time Students (ID required at turnstiles).

Home supporters can gain further discounts on these prices by becoming club members.

Disabled supporters are admitted at the relevant price above, a helper is admitted free.

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. 

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

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

Swansea City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

If you require hotel accommodation in the Swansea area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Booking.com. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Just input the dates below that you wish to stay and then select from the map the hotel of interest to get more information. The map is centered to the football ground. However, you can drag the map around or click on +/- to reveal more hotels in the City Centre or further afield.

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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.

Record Attendance

At The Liberty Stadium:
20,972 v Liverpool, Premier League, 1st May 2016.

At The Vetch Field:
32,796 v Arsenal, FA Cup 4th Round, 17th February 1968.

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 18,737 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 20,623 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 20,619 (Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram.

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of the Liberty Stadium.

The Liberty Stadium Away Visitor Guide Video - Is the Official Guide video produced by Swansea City FC and distributed via YouTube.

Swansea City v Sheffield United
Championship League
Saturday 19th January 2019, 5.30pm
Neil Hedge (Sheffield United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Liberty Stadium?
 
Me and my son have never been to the Liberty Stadium before. It is the only ground in the top two divisions I’d not been to. I have visited 82 grounds altogether with Sheffield United.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was easy. Straight off the M4 and found free parking on a side street opposite the ground. But we were there two and a half hours before kick off.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We tried a couple of pubs around the back but they were for home fans only, so we ended instead at the Harvester near to the stadium.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?
 
The Liberty Stadium is smaller than the usual newish ground but was okay.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Sheffield lost 1-0, but it was a great day out as all away games are. The facilities inside the ground were good and the stewards were excellent. Before the game, we had food at Rossi’s Fish & Chip Shop across the road from the ground which was lovely.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Straight out and onto the M4 in ten minutes. But we had got a great spot close to the ground, due to being early.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Excellent apart from the result. A late return home but been doing it for 40 years so love it.

Swansea City v Leeds United
Championship League
Tuesday 21st August 2018, 7.45pm
Shaun (Leeds United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Liberty Stadium?
 
It was my first time visit to both the Liberty Stadium and Swansea itself. After a promising start to the season, it was going to be interesting to see how we would fair against this ex-Premier League side.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car park?
 
Quite straightforward. It’s out in the suburbs so not so easy by public transport but we were driving and got a parking space about 15 minutes walk away just off the B6043.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the 'Oh My Cod' Chippy where I tried a faggot. It’s minced bits of meat and as long as you don’t think too long about that it’s quite tasty! I met a home fan in there who was very chatty. He admitted he used to also follow Leeds United back in the 1970’s when Leeds were big and Swansea weren’t. I didn’t speak with any other home fans but there wasn’t any bother.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?
 
Again a new ground and to be honest one that looks like a dozen others up and down the country. Unremarkable comes to mind.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The home fans do generate some noise so we enjoyed plenty of banter. The game was a good one and a draw was a fair result. Stewards were fine, but didn’t eat here.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Slow. But that was mainly due to the M4 being shut. Getting to it was slow as well. Probably best if you’re not in a hurry. If you are park M4 side (to the north) of the ground.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out and a good game. I will look forward to the next visit.

Swansea City v Southampton
Premier League
Tuesday 8th May 2018, 7.45pm
Wayne Pithers (Southampton fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Liberty Stadium?
 
I’ve never been to Swansea and have heard great things. Also with the importance of the game for both of us I knew the atmosphere and game itself would be good.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove up from south Somerset so was straight up the M5 and then along the M4 into Wales. I went to the Park and Ride facility, that has been recommended to use for away fans where you can get the bus straight from outside the stadium afterwards. But it turns out when we arrived at 3.30pm that it wasn't yet open, so beware if it’s an evening game and you are going for the day! Instead, I drove to the Liberty Stadium which was easy to find and parked opposite the park and ride next to the stadium. This cost £6 which was fair.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived at 4pm,  so was a bit early and just went straight to the nearby Harvester to have a couple of pints. Very friendly staff there and the home supporters were very friendly too!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?
 
The ground isn’t huge and we knew this anyway but seemed pretty nice from the outside. Once inside there was a good view from the away end and plenty of leg room.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The first half of the game wasn’t great, Swansea fans were singing a lot and making a good atmosphere and the Saints fans were too but we were just very nervous. The second half saw Southampton coming out and playing better which encouraged the Saints fans to sing more and then on 72 minutes we scored! The Saints fans went crazy! You never heard another word out of Swansea fans for the rest of the game! The stewards were very friendly and happy to help throughout the game. I had a very poorly poured Carling Lager at half time but we allowed to go outside to have smoke so that was a bonus!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We stuck around inside to celebrate for a while and even when we got outside the ground celebrated some more before heading back to the car. It took about half hour to get back onto the M4 in the end because of all the traffic, But that was to be expected so you don’t really mind too much.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out, I’ve done quite a few away days this season and this is up there with the best of them! The Liberty Stadium is worth a visit and hopefully we will play them again in the future so that I can go again!

Swansea City v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 3pm
Ben (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Liberty Stadium?
 
I have never been to Swansea's Liberty Stadium, so I was looking forward to adding another ground to the list. Also, Watford had started the season very well with two away wins from two games, so I was hoping for the run to continue.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I got one of the supporters coaches as it was cheap at £10 and goes straight to the ground. We left Watford at around 8:30am and arrived in Swansea at 1pm, with about a 30/45 minute stop on the way. So the journey was very easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the retail park across the river from the Liberty Stadium and went to KFC for some food. Then we walked back to the ground and went inside the 'Fan Zone', where they were showing the West Ham vs Spurs game (as that was the early kick off). I also played my mate at table football, as they had several table football tables which were free to play, as well as FootPool, food, drink etc.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?
 
The Liberty Stadium looks nice from the outside and looks good on the inside too. The away end is located behind one of the goals which is good and the rest of the stadium looks similar. The ground is a bit on the small side but overall it is a very nice stadium.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started off well with Watford making a couple of good chances before Gray got his first goal for the Hornets in the 13th minute. After a couple of good chances for Swansea, we dominated the first half, as the Swansea supporters were getting annoyed with the way their team were playing. The referee blew for half-time as Swansea were about to take a corner, which led to further frustration for them. The second half was a different story, as both teams made changes at half time, Swansea dominated the second half and got an equaliser through Tammy Abraham. Towards the end, both sides created some chances but following some poor defending by Swansea Richardson scored for us in the 90th minute, causing scenes in the away end. Overall it was a poor game of football (with poor defending for both sides) but to get a last minute winner away from home makes it a fantastic away day. The Swansea fans were one of the best home atmosphere's I have ever heard. The atmosphere (excluding the winner) from our end was okay but not as good as it has been this season.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We were able to get to coaches straight away, and they departed shortly after. The journey back was fine and we arrived back in Watford at around 8:30pm.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, thanks to the last minute winner it was a fantastic away day. Credit to Swansea, as their ground is very nice, especially the Fan Zone, which is open to both sets of fans (just need to show them your match ticket). It was a poor game of football, but it's three out of three wins on the road for Watford. The only negative thing about Swansea's ground is the KissCam on the big screen, which shows couples in the crowd and encourages them to kiss - that should not be allowed in any football ground (leave that for American sports).

Swansea City v Hull City
Premier League
Saturday 20th August 2016, 3pm
Debra Cassar (Hull City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Liberty Stadium?

My first ever visit to Swansea's Liberty Stadium. I love Wales so looked out for this fixture when they were first announced. Also Hull City were unbeaten albeit after only one match!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on the train from Wilmslow, Cheshire so it was hassle free. Came out of Swansea Railway Station and asked a local for walking directions to the ground which took about 25 minutes.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Met a Swansea friend before the game and had a bite to eat at the chippy outside of the ground (Rossi's). We had the local delicacy of rissole and chips. Had the Plenty of light-hearted banter with the home fans especially the kids. The guy selling me the local fanzine wished me a safe trip home.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?

The liberty Stadium is situated next to a retail park and looks like the average new-build ground. As well as a statue of Welsh legend Ivor Allchurch, then outside the stadium there's a 'Hall of Fame' of former players in plaque form. Inside the ground we had a good view from the North Stand. The Liberty Stadium is a very compact ground and I think you'd get a decent view wherever you sat.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

This was a game that Swansea could have won. Lots of missed chances. However Hull held on to win 2-0 with sheer doggedness. Home fans weren't particularly vocal given that it was their first game at home but neither were they hostile towards the away supporters. As I'd already eaten, I only had a cup of tea (£2). The queuing system was well organised so no one able to push in. Before the game a club photographer came round to take photos. A nice touch which made me feel welcome. Stewards and police were low key. Unfortunately a Hull fan decided to set off a flare/firework but was soon ejected in a swift manner.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were gated in which meant that the police had full control of how you left the ground. I went straight onto the bus to the station provided for away fans, which cost £2. Although there was a bit of traffic out of the ground, the route takes you the quickest way via a bus only road!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Even if the result hadn't gone our way I had a wonderful day out. Admittedly it was a fifteen hour round trip but I can't recommend a visit highly enough. Everyone was so friendly whether in the local shops, outside of the ground, club shop etc. The Liberty Stadium is by far the friendliest ground I've been to.

Swansea City v Watford
Premier League
Monday 18th January 2016, 8pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Liberty Stadium?    

A chance to visit the Liberty Stadium and Swansea for the first time on the next leg of the Pozzo inspired Premiership campaign.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Monday night football in deepest Wales means a train to Swansea and an overnight stop. Plenty of places to eat and drink in the city centre and a short taxi ride to the ground (£6).

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Decided to eat in the city centre, a decent curry at Pawshee in Singleton Street, which is just round the corner from the central bus station and cab ranks. Not a great bus service on Monday evenings so jumped in a cab for the quick trip to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty stadium?    

The Liberty Stadium is located a fair bit out of town, but looks great lit up for a night game. Plenty of folk drinking outside the Harvester even though it was a very cold night. Swansea stewards quite the friendliest and helpful bunch I have ever encountered on the 50 plus away grounds I have visited down the years. Well informed, helpful and with a good sense of humour. Other clubs take note, it can be done really well with a bit of effort. Ground is compact and impressive, especially from the inside. My view was great, and the away fans able to generate a fair bit of noise. Credit to the home fans, despite a dismal run and slipping into the relegation zone, they really got behind their team, right from the first whistle.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Swansea City were there for the taking. Low on confidence, on a bad run and outplayed in the early season match at Vicarage Road. In response, Watford elected not to turn up in the first half. Abandoning the aggressive gegenpress of the first half of the season, the Hornets were pushed back into a defensive mode with a number of players performing well under par. Exploiting their territorial advantage, the home side through Williams opened the scoring and although Swansea did not really look like adding to the score, Watford failed to muster an attack worthy of note in the first 45 minutes. The second half sparked a reversal of fortunes. More aggressive in the tackle and closing down, Watford carved out the best chances, but woeful finishing and poor decision making resulted in no end product. The away fans gradually recognised the inevitable as the home fans got behind their team to cheer them over the line. I did not use the facilities etc, but the service and queues etc looked pretty good. Again, big credit to Swansea City, they have got a lot right with the stadium, including a number of clever/funny signs and banners inside the ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Swansea organise a bus back into the city right outside the away end (£1.50) which has a police escort. This is a great idea as although the police escort arrived late and we were held up for fifteen minutes, the bus takes a route back to the railway station and on into the city that bypasses the horrendous traffic problems leaving the car parks for home fans. We passed loads of grid locked cars on our route into town and the Swansea fans forums suggest delays of over an hour exiting car parks since a change in arrangements for the home park and ride etc. I'd check in advance.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very poor game from a Watford perspective, but mightily impressed with Swansea City and how they run their stadium. Fans were friendly but passionate, creating a good atmosphere. Proper club, I hope they stay up, hopefully not at our expense, as I'd definitely visit again.

Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Saturday 21st November 2015, 3pm
Brian Lawes (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Liberty Stadium?    

Swansea City are another of the smaller clubs that have excelled in the Premier League and their Liberty Stadium is of the kind that Bournemouth could aspire to, one day.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Fifteen of us went up in a hired mini-bus, straight into the away fans coach park. - for a £10 fee. The ground is just off the A4067 so was very easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We arrived about 1.45pm and all piled into the Harvester by the ground. It naturally was rammed, but we did get served quickly and then had to stand outside with our beer as there was no room inside. It was freezing, but there was a burger bar right by us so a couple of us went for a burger to help warm us up. This proved to be unwise, as although the food was indeed warm, not much else good could be said of it. Next time we plan to get food from inside the stadium. As with most of the away games we have been to this season, the home fans we spoke to were very complimentary of the Bournemouth story and wished us well.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Liberty Stadium?    

From the outside the Liberty Stadium looks a little utilitarian, but inside there is a great atmosphere, with it being quite compact and fully enclosed. We had fine uninterrupted views. Bournemouth would love a similar sized stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

From the moment we arrived we were made very welcome, from the coach parking steward, to the staff serving at the refreshment counters inside the ground - all who were wearing "Welcome to Bournemouth" caps - a nice touch. Another nice touch was the post office style queuing system which enabled us to get a beer easily and quickly, despite a long queue. During the game the Swansea fans made a good sound, but were quiet for long periods as AFCB dominated the first half, with the Bournemouth Boys making all the Noise! We did feel we had the points sewn up after the Cherries went 2-0 up and were controlling the game, but the Swans showed quality and tenacity to get back to 2-2, though a dodgy penalty decision helped a bit too!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Being in a mini - bus we were counted in with the away supporters coaches so, after a 15 minute delay to allow pedestrians to disperse, we were off - with a police escort stopping all the traffic to speed our convoy directly to the M4. Liked that very much.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyed the day and AFCB's first international Premier League match. I for one wish Swansea great success and really hope both clubs are around to repeat this Premier experience next season.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 15 March 2014, 3pm
By Lee Jones (West Brom fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was really looking forward to the game as I had never been to Swansea at either the Vetch Field or the Liberty (Morfa) Stadium. Plus I  had visited Cardiff earlier in the year and really enjoyed that trip. We were also stopping over in Swansea and were looking forward to having a look around town.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As we stayed overnight I wasn’t really sure the best way to make the trip from the town centre. The distance is certainly walkable but after a few beers I thought either Bus/Taxi was the best option. It was the locals told us to catch the “bendy bus” number 4 up to the ground from outside the station. It was easy and fast.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went into town and had a few beers in the Eli Jenkins and were chatting to a few of the locals. All the Swansea fans we met seemed very friendly to be honest. After we made our way up to the ground, we called into the Harvester right by the stadium. Both that and the Frankie and Benny’s were absolutely heaving but there was no animosity between our large away support and their following. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The new ground looks like many other new stadiums and looms up over its surrounding retail park. It was quite impressive and visible being predominantly white and looked imposing. The ground was smaller inside than I imagined but there certainly are no bad seats or views and the areas under the stands though busy, were large enough to cope with the sell-out following.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was a little disappointing. I was expecting it to be really impressive and intimidating but a little like Cardiff earlier in the season, it never really got going. Their supporters enjoyed their early goal but that’s where it stopped really. It was generally an enjoyable game especially as we came from that goal down to record our first win in eight games. The stewards seemed fairly relaxed and no special attention was given to fans standing and they were as helpful and friendly as I have encountered. I didn’t try any of the pies or beer available at the stadium so can’t comment but everyone seemed to enjoy those too.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I had been warned about getting away from the ground after the game as the park and ride buses were kept in until the home fans have been transported. We had intended to catch the normal service bus back into town just over the road from the ground with the Swansea fans but noticed a number 4 bus in our compound with Town Centre as its destination. It was there to take away supporters to the station. We jumped straight on that and as soon as it was full and had a police escort through the traffic (some of which, it bypasses down a special buses only road) and were back in less than 20 minutes. Really easy. The away fans are sectioned off from the home fans by the compound but there didn’t really seem any need as there was no likelihood of confrontation with either team’s supporters.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An exceptional day with decent friendly home supporters, a great come from behind win and celebrating into the night. By the way, Swansea is a great place to visit for the night life too but that’s a different story. Definitely a trip I would like to repeat, hopefully in the Premier League.

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Updated 26th August 2019

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