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Former names White Rock Stadium
Location Normandy Road,[1] Swansea,Wales
Coordinates 51.6422°N 3.9351°WCoordinates: 51.6422°N 3.9351°W
Public transit The New Mex bus stop

Swansea railway station

Owner Swansea Council
Operator StadCo
Capacity 21,088[2]
Surface Desso GrassMaster
Construction
Broke ground 2003
Opened 10 July 2005[3]
Construction cost £27 million
Architect TTH Architects, Gateshead UK
Tenants
Ospreys (2005–)

Swansea City A.F.C. (2005–)

The Liberty Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm Liberty) is a sports stadium and conferencing venue located in the Landore area ofSwansea, Wales. The stadium is all-seated. On opening, it had a capacity of 20,750, making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea; minor layout changes have since increased this. It is the home stadium of Premier League club Swansea City and theOspreys rugby team. As a result of Swansea City's promotion, the stadium became the first Premier League ground in Wales. The Liberty Stadium had the second smallest capacity of the 20 stadiums in the Premier League for the 2015–16 season afterBournemouth AFC's ground Dean Court. 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.

Contents

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  • 1History
  • 2Naming
  • 3International fixtures
  • 4Other uses
    • 4.1Concerts
    • 4.2Politics
  • 5Statistics and average attendances
  • 6Gallery
  • 7Public Transport
  • 8See also
  • 9References
  • 10External links

History[edit]

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 theMorfa 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.[4]

On 10 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was opened and became the home to Swansea City (replacing the Vetch Field) and theOspreys (replacing St Helen's and The Gnoll). On 23 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was officially opened as Swansea City facedFulham, (then managed by former Swansea player Chris Coleman) in a friendly match.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

The first capacity crowd recorded at Liberty Stadium was on the 1 November 2006 when The Ospreys beat Australia 24–16.[8] The stadium has hosted multiple Wales football internationals, listed below.

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