Swansea City FC have announced that they are looking to expand the Liberty Stadium to accommodate more supporters in the coming seasons.
The club have said since their promotion to the Premier League in 2011 they have been inundated from fans wanting to watch the Welsh side's exploits against some of England's best teams.
Proposals are due to be put forward to Swansea Council in the new year, with a view to begin construction at the end of the 2012/13 season. The club have noted that there has been enough demand to warrant the addition of 12,000 more seats, which would take the capacity of the Liberty Stadium to around 32,500.
Swansea have been a breath of fresh air since their promotion to the top division, gaining significant praise from players and pundits alike in their first season under Brendan Rodgers.
The team have been revered for playing an attractive passing game and this has been continued under new boss Michael Laudrup, who took over following Rodgers' departure to Liverpool in the summer. The Welsh side are currently seventh in the Premier League and took a major scalp last weekend (December 1st) beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates.
Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters' Trust, told the BBC: "Since we moved into the Premier League, the ground is pretty much a sell out to home supporters every single game we've played. If we can make more room in there for Swansea supporters, that's a good thing."
Swansea moved to the Liberty Stadium in 2005 after spending over 90 years at their old Vetch Field home. They currently share the ground with rugby union side Ospreys and it has also occasionally been used to hold Wales international football matches as an alternative from the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium in the capital.
Huw Jenkins, Swansea chairman, believes that by completing an expansion of the Liberty it will help the club generate the revenue needed to allow them to compete with the top clubs in the division and attract the best players to South Wales.
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