Swans looking to expand Liberty

Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the

Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add

extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand

for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain

their Premier League status.

Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home

and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the

greatest success of its 101-year history.

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a

maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the

work.

The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer,

and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the

start of the 2014-15 campaign.

But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the

expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision.

Jenkins said: “We will have a full planning application in for

the end of March and once that is passed we will do part of the

work towards the end of next season, starting with the East

Stand.

“Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs

parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right

for the club.

“If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be

32,000.

“The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and

then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the

East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run

through the summer.

“We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how

well we do on the field.”

But Jenkins does not believe it would be in the club’s best

interests to attempt to buy the ground outright.

He said: “I don’t see any benefit in us owning the stadium.

“The relationship with the council is a good one for the council

and the city itself, and it is right for us as a club.

“It provides stability as it keeps away potential owners you do

not want around the place, and that is a great thing for us.”

Debt-free Swansea recorded a 14.6million profit for their

opening season in the Premier League.

The club are also developing two training grounds after

previously having to use public facilities.

Work near the Liberty Stadium at Landore is set to be completed

in the coming weeks, while a state-of-the-art facility is also

being developed in conjunction with the city’s university.