The first images of Swansea City's revamped Liberty Stadium have been unveiled as the club looks to add extra capacity to its current home.
Architect Powell Dobson has released an artist's impression of the renovated West Stand main entrance which will form part of the plans and allow the South Wales club to compete with the rest of the Premier League in terms of matchday revenue. The existing three pillars are due to be replaced by a two new ones while a glazed front will welcome players, officials and press when they visit the Liberty Stadium once the expansion is complete.
Swansea City explained to the South Wales Evening Post that the plans are in line with the new Premier League broadcasting arrangements which will be introduced in the 2013/14 season. Clubs in England's top division are set to benefit substantially in the next campaign after global TV rights will top £5 billion for the first time in the league's history.
With this in mind, Swansea announced that they would be installing a fourth floor in the Liberty Stadium for a new press area which will be able to accommodate 120 journalists. On top of this a new staircase and hospitality suite will be introduced as well as the addition of 705 extra seats.
Kevin Matthews, senior architect at Powell Dobson, told the news provider: "The proposed new glazed entrance is intended to emphasise the movement and matchday 'buzz' as spectators enter and move about the stadium. This is flanked by two new stair towers required to accommodate the additional seating capacity."
All these plans are subject to approval by the council's planning committee but the club is confident that it will go ahead in the future following the backing of its fans.
Swansea are currently writing their own fairytale and performing well in the Premier League under the guidance of manager Michael Laudrup. They picked up their first ever major trophy on Sunday (February 24th) when they won the Capital One Cup, beating Bradford City 5-0 in the final at Wembley.
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