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Swansea City seek supporters view on stadium expansion

Swansea City seek supporters view on stadium expansion
Swansea City are seeking the views of their supporters on the possible expansion of the Liberty Stadium.

The club are looking to add an extra 10,000 seats to their current home, but want to gauge the feel from their fans before pressing ahead with the proposals. Swansea have already targeted registered members for their views, but are now looking to see what non-registered supporters think of the plans.

It will be compiled via an online survey posted on the club's website and Huw Cooze, Swansea City Supporters' Trust director as well as serving on the Welsh side's board, believes it is vital that the club listens to the voices of those non-registered fans.

Mr Cooze explained to South Wales Evening Post: "It's the non-members we really need to get hold of. We are after the confidence to spend probably £15 million to £20 million. We know there is a fan base out there."

The head of the supporters' trust stated that fans should respond to the survey as soon as possible to ensure that the club has full confidence in its own proposals and that it can move forward with the possible expansion. Club officials believe that by increasing the capacity of the Liberty Stadium from its current level of 20,500 to over 30,000 will help it compete with the rest of the Premier League in terms of revenue.

Huw Jenkins, chairman of the south Wales club, said that the planning application to expand the Liberty's east, south and north stand will be put before Swansea council in March and then construction may be able to start soon after that.

Premier League clubs are set for a major windfall at the start of the 2013/14 season as a new agreement was reached between the league and broadcasters Sky and BT for domestic live rights, which will see £3.018 billion brought into the division. This deal means that the importance of staying in England's top league has been increased even further.

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Date: 18/01/2013 16:46:00

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