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Swansea City submit stadium expansion plans

Swansea City submit stadium expansion plans
Swansea City are looking to build on their League Cup success by expanding the current capacity of the Liberty Stadium.

The club have submitted plans to the local authority which will see the addition of 11,000 seats, taking the size of the ground from its current 22,500 to around 33,000. The move is designed to satisfy the huge demand the South Wales side has been experiencing ever since they gained promotion to the Premier League in 2011. The club's board had been waiting to make a final decision once the team had secured safety, but with them sitting in a comfortable ninth position and ten points clear of the drop zone with six games left, the proposals have gone ahead.

Swansea's Liberty Stadium is currently one of the smallest grounds in England's top division, with only Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road stadium having a lower capacity of 18,500. The club are currently selling out games comfortably, and the venue also doubles as the home of regional rugby team Ospreys. If plans are approved by the council, the work will be conducted in three phases.

The club said in a statement: "The works proposed would see the extension of the North, South and East stands of the stadium in a phased manner over the next three to five years.

"The proposals seek to capitalise on the success of the football club during their first two seasons in the Barclays Premier League, help consolidate this status and remain part of the top flight for many years to come."

It has been a memorable season for the Swans after claiming their first major trophy by beating Bradford City 5-0 in the League Cup final. The team have also been performing well in the league under the guidance of new manager Michael Laudrup, and have been boosted by the goals of star striker Michu.

They are on course for a top-ten finish which would represent a remarkable success story for a club that has spent the majority of its life playing in the lower reaches of the Football League structure.

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Date: 16/04/2013 16:29:00

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