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Swansea City FC scale back Liberty Stadium expansion plans

Swansea City FC scale back Liberty Stadium expansion plans
Swansea City have announced that they have altered expansion plans at the Liberty Stadium.

The South Wales club were planning to add capacity to the North, South, East and West Stands of the stadium but officials have explained that the West Stand expansion will now not go ahead. Swansea had submitted a formal planning application to the council to increase capacity at the Liberty Stadium to 11,000 over the next three to five years but these proposals have now been revised.

A spokesman for the club explained to the South Wales Evening Post that the expansion of the West Stand was designed to meet the new media facilities criteria recently laid out by the Premier League. However, the Swans have now been able to introduce these amenities into the current structure without losing any spectator capacity.

The move has been welcomed by the Swansea City Supporters Trust with Alan Lewis explaining that as the stadium regularly reaches capacity it is only natural for it to be expanded to match the success of the club.

He told the news provider: "The West Stand expansion was a fairly small expansion. The main thrust of it started with the requirement to get more press in there but that was going to provide additional seating as well.

"That was always something separate to the main stadium expansion.One of the difficulties as far as the fans are concerned is the stadium is still full to capacity for almost every home game."

The Liberty Stadium is currently the smallest ground in the Premier League with a capacity of just 20,750. It is surpassed by teams such as Hull City, Fulham, Crystal Palace and even newly-promoted neighbours Cardiff City. The expansion will take the size over 30,000 and it on a par with Southampton and West Ham United in terms of matchday revenue.

Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2011, Swansea have been a breath of fresh air - playing attractive football and winning plaudits along the way. Last season, they crowned an impressive season by lifting the Capital One Cup after beating League Two side Bradford City 5-0 in the final.

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Date: 26/06/2013 16:07:00

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