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General
Liberty Stadium
The Liberty
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Full name Liberty Stadium
Former name(s) White Rock Stadium
Owners Swansea Council
Location Swansea, Wales
Broke ground 2003
Opened 10 July 2005
Tenants Swansea City A.F.C. (2005-)
Ospreys (2005-)
Capacity 20.750
Highest attendance 20,812 vs Arsenal, 9 November 2014

Liberty Stadium (Stadiwm Liberty) is a sports stadium and conferencing venue located in the Landore area of Swansea, Wales. The stadium is all-seated. It has a capacity of 20,750, making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea. It is the home stadium of Premier League club Swansea City and the Ospreys. As a result of Swansea City's promotion, the stadium became the first Premier League ground in Wales. The Liberty Stadium has the second smallest capacity of the 20 stadia in the Premier League for the 2014/15 season after Loftus Road. It is the third largest stadium in Wales – after Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium. In European competition the stadium is known as Swansea Stadium due to advertising rights.

History

With the Vetch Field, St Helen's and The Gnoll no longer being up-to-date venues to play at, and both the Swans and the Ospreys not having the necessary capital to invest into a new stadium, Swansea council and a developer-led consortia submitted a proposal for a sustainable 'bowl' venue for 20,520 seats on a site to the west of the River Tawe on the site of the Morfa Stadium, an athletics stadium owned by the City and County of Swansea council. It was funded by a 355,000 ft retail park on land to the east of the river. The final value of the development being in excess of £50m.

On 10 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was opened and became the home to Swansea City (replacing the Vetch Field) and the Ospreys (replacing St Helen's and The Gnoll). On 23 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was officially opened as Swansea City faced Fulham, (then managed by former Swansea player Chris Coleman) in an friendly match. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with the first goal being scored by Fulham's Steed Malbranque. Swansea's Marc Goodfellow scored during the game to level the match.

Before a league match between Swansea City and Oldham Athletic in October 2005, a statue of Ivor Allchurch was unveiled to commemorate the Swansea-born star who during two spells for the club scored a record 164 goals in 445 appearances.

The first capacity crowd recorded at Liberty Stadium was on the 1 November 2006 when The Ospreys beat Australia 24–16. The stadium has hosted multiple Wales football internationals, listed below.

Seating at Liberty Stadium is often sold out during Swansea City football matches. Swansea City have expressed a desire to have the capacity of the stadium increased and have held talks with Swansea Council during the 2011/2012 season for the future expansion of the Liberty Stadium which would be completed in a number of phases beginning with expansion or redevelopment of the east stand. Plans for a new McDonald's fast food restaurant to be opened near the stadium threw expansion plans into doubt. However, the planning application was withdrawn.

In December 2013, it was reported by BBC News that the European Commission had requested details of the funding of the stadium, as part of a wider inquiry into state aid for sports clubs.

At the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, a number of changes were made to the stadium. These included two new 'Jumbotron' screens inside the north and south stands, measuring approximately 200 inches. Due to sponsorship by LG all televisions in food outlets and concourse were replaced by 50" LG TV screens and the south stand renamed The LG Stand. New advertising boards with a crowd facing side were also added.

Naming

During its construction, a variety of names were suggested for it: most commonly used was "White Rock" stadium (after the copper works of the same name which existed on the site historically). However "White Rock" was only used as a temporary name during its construction and when work was finished, the name was dropped and the stadium owners began looking for sponsors for the stadium. While sponsors were being searched for, it was called "New Stadium Swansea". On 18 October 2005, Swansea-based developers Liberty Properties Plc won the naming rights to call it "Liberty Stadium". In UEFA matches, it is called Swansea Stadium due to UEFA regulations on sponsorship.

International fixtures

The ground has also hosted Wales football international fixtures.

Date Competition Home Team Score Away Team
17 August 2005 Friendly Wales Flag of Wales.gif 0–0 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
15 August 2006 Friendly Wales Flag of Wales.gif 0–0 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
20 August 2008 Friendly Wales Flag of Wales.gif 1–2 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia
3 March 2010 Friendly Wales Flag of Wales.gif 0–1 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden
7 October 2011 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier Wales Flag of Wales.gif 2–0 Switzerland.png Switzerland
6 February 2013 Friendly Wales Flag of Wales.gif 2–1 Flag of Austria.png Austria
26 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier Wales Flag of Wales.gif 1–2 Croatia.png Croatia

Statistics and average attendances

  • Stadium capacity: 20,827
  • Record attendance: 20,812 vs Arsenal, 9 November 2014
  • First international game held: Wales v Slovenia, 17 August 2005.
Season Swansea City Ospreys
2005–06 14,155 8,567
2006–07 12,720 9,147
2007–08 13,520 9,487
2008–09 15,186 9,063
2009–10 15,407 8,284
2010–11 15,507 8,855
2011–12 19,946 7,259
2012–13 20,370 9,272
2013–14 20,407

External links

Swansea City AFC
Swansea City AFC Swansea City A.F.C.

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History: Seasons

Premier League stadiums 2016-17

Anfield · Bet365 Stadium · Dean Court · Emirates Stadium · Etihad Stadium · Goodison Park · KCOM Stadium · King Power Stadium · Liberty Stadium · Old Trafford · Olympic Stadium · Riverside Stadium · St. Mary's Stadium · Selhurst Park · Stadium of Light · Stamford Bridge · The Hawthorns · Turf Moor · Vicarage Road · White Hart Lane

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