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
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
“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
“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.