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Swansea City stadium expansion approved

Swansea City stadium expansion approved
Swansea City have gained approval for an expansion of the Liberty Stadium following a meeting of Swansea City's Development and Management Control Committee.

The Swans are looking to increase capacity at their home ground from 21,000 to 33,000 to help meet the demand that has come following their promotion to the Premier League. The Liberty Stadium is currently the smallest ground in England's top division and is almost 5,000 short of Hull City's KC Stadium and Fulham's Craven Cottage which are the second and third smallest respectively.

By allowing an expansion to 33,000 the South Wales club will be able to rival the likes of Southampton and West Ham United in terms of match day revenue as well as being able to reduce the waiting list on season tickets. Swansea confirmed that there are over 8,000 people waiting for season tickets and an expansion is absolutely necessary if it is to prosper in the Premier League for years to come.

Swansea Council had been recommended to approve the plans which will be phased in over the coming years. Club officials stated that phase one will begin at the end of the season with the East Stand being increased by 3,844 with the other two improvements taking place on the North and South Stands.

Former Swansea player and now club ambassador Lee Trundle heralded the plans and told WalesOnline: "It's great for the Swans but fantastic for the city of Swansea too. There are always parking problems associated with big football games and we aim to work them out with the community."

Swansea have been playing at the Liberty Stadium since moving from Vetch Field in 2005 and share the ground with rugby union side Ospreys. Since their promotion they have enjoyed success under stewardship of manager Brian Laudrup, who has guided them to a League Cup victory in 2013 and to the knockout phase of the Europa League while maintaining a healthy league position.

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Date: 30/01/2014 15:44:11

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