Liberty Stadium

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Liberty Stadium
Stadiwm Liberty
Stadiwm Liberty
The Liberty
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Liberty Stadium Stadiwm Liberty is located in Swansea
Liberty Stadium Stadiwm Liberty
Liberty Stadium
Stadiwm Liberty
Location within Swansea
Former namesWhite Rock Stadium
LocationNormandy Road,[1] Swansea, Wales
Coordinates51°38′32″N 3°56′06″W / 51.6422°N 3.9351°W / 51.6422; -3.9351Coordinates: 51°38′32″N 3°56′06″W / 51.6422°N 3.9351°W / 51.6422; -3.9351
Public transitThe New Mex bus stop
Swansea railway station
OwnerSwansea Council
Field size105 x 68 metres (115 x 74 yards)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Broke ground2003
Opened10 July 2005
Construction cost£27 million
ArchitectTTH Architects, Gateshead UK
Swansea City (2005–present)
Ospreys (2005–present)

The Liberty Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm Liberty) is a sports stadium and conferencing venue located in the Landore area of Swansea, Wales. The stadium is all-seated. It had an opening capacity of 20,750, making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea; minor layout changes have since increased this to 21,088. It is the home stadium of EFL Championship club Swansea City, who took full operational control of the stadium in 2018,[3] and the Ospreys rugby team. As a result of Swansea City's promotion, the stadium became the first Premier League ground in Wales. It is the third largest stadium in Wales – after the Millennium Stadium and the Cardiff City Stadium. In European competitions, the stadium is known as Swansea Stadium because of advertising rules.


With the Vetch Field, St Helen's and The Gnoll no longer being up-to-date venues to play at, and both the Swans and the Ospreys not having the necessary capital to invest into a new stadium, Swansea council and a developer-led consortia submitted a proposal for a sustainable 'bowl' venue for 20,520 seats on a site to the west of the River Tawe on the site of the Morfa Stadium, an athletics stadium owned by the City and County of Swansea council. It was funded by a 355,000 ft retail park on land to the east of the river. The final value of the development was in excess of £50m.[4]

On 10 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was opened and became the home to Swansea City (replacing the Vetch Field) and the Ospreys (replacing St Helen's and The Gnoll). On 23 July 2005, Liberty Stadium was officially opened as Swansea City faced Fulham, (then managed by former Swansea player Chris Coleman) in a friendly match.[5] The match ended in a 1–1 draw with the first goal being scored by Fulham's Steed Malbranque. Swansea's Marc Goodfellow scored during the game to level the match.[6]

Before a league match between Swansea City and Oldham Athletic in October 2005, a statue of Ivor Allchurch was unveiled to commemorate the Swansea-born star who during two spells for the club scored a record 164 goals in 445 appearances.[7]

The first capacity crowd recorded at Liberty Stadium was on the 1 November 2006 when The Ospreys beat Australia A 24–16.[8] The stadium has hosted multiple Wales football internationals, listed below.

Seating at Liberty Stadium is often sold out during Swansea City football matches. Swansea City have expressed a desire to have the capacity of the stadium increased and have held talks with Swansea Council during the 2011–2012 season for the future expansion of the Liberty Stadium which would be completed in a number of phases beginning with expansion or redevelopment of the east stand.[9] Plans for a new McDonald's fast food restaurant to be opened near the stadium threw expansion plans into doubt.[10] However, the planning application was withdrawn.[11]

In December 2013, it was reported by BBC News that the European Commission had requested details of the funding of the stadium, as part of a wider inquiry into state aid for sports clubs.[12]

At the start of the 2014–15 Premier League season, a number of changes were made to the stadium. These included two new 'Jumbotron' screens inside the north and south stands, measuring approximately 200 inches. Due to sponsorship by LG all televisions in food outlets and concourse were replaced by 50" LG TV screens and the south stand renamed The LG Stand. New advertising boards with a crowd facing side were also added.

Expansions planned would expand the stadium to 33,000, with another expansion upgrading the stadium to above the 40,000 mark. This would make Wales national football matches a possibility.


During its construction, a variety of names were suggested for it: most commonly used was "White Rock" stadium (after the copper works of the same name which existed on the site historically). However "White Rock" was only used as a temporary name during its construction and when work was finished, the name was dropped and the stadium owners began looking for sponsors for the stadium.[13] While sponsors were being searched for, it was called "New Stadium Swansea". On 18 October 2005, Swansea-based developers Liberty Properties Plc won the naming rights to call it "Liberty Stadium".[14] In UEFA matches, it is called Swansea Stadium due to UEFA regulations on sponsorship.[15] On 8 May 2015 the stadium was renamed The Katie Phillips Stadium for one night only.[16]

International fixtures[edit]

The ground has also hosted eight Wales international football fixtures. The results were as follows.

Date Type Opponents Final score
17 August 2005 Friendly  Slovenia 0–0
15 August 2006  Bulgaria
20 August 2008  Georgia 1–2
3 March 2010  Sweden 0–1
7 October 2011 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier   Switzerland 2–0
6 February 2013 Friendly  Austria 2–1
26 March 2013 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier  Croatia 1–2
12 November 2020 Friendly  United States 0–0

Other uses[edit]


Date Artist
1 June 2007 The Who
29 June 2008 Elton John
23 June 2010 Pink
1 June 2011 Rod Stewart
12 June 2011 JLS
2 July 2014 Kings of Leon
28 May 2016 Manic Street Preachers
18 June 2016 Lionel Richie
14 June 2017 Take That
23 June 2018 The Killers
7 July 2018 Little Mix


In April 2014, the stadium held a UK Independence Party conference.[17]

Statistics and average attendances[edit]

  • Stadium capacity: 21,088
  • Record attendance: 20,999 vs Cardiff Blues 1 May 2016
  • First international game held: Wales v Slovenia, 17 August 2005.

Average attendances are for home league matches only.

Season Swansea City[18] Ospreys[19]
2005–06 17,960 8,567
2006–07 18,008 9,147
2007–08 16,906 9,487
2008–09 17,509 9,063
2009–10 15,407 8,284
2010–11 15,507 8,855
2011–12 19,946 7,259
2012–13 20,370 9,272
2013–14 20,407
2014–15 20,555 8,398
2015–16 20,711 8,474
2016–17 20,619 9,026
2017–18 20,879 6,994
2018–19 18,444 6,812
2019-20 15,405


Public transport[edit]

Southbound ftrmetro Northbound
Landore   Liberty Stadium   Plasmarl

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Liberty Stadium - Soccerway".
  2. ^ "Liberty Stadium Swansea City". Premier League. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Swansea City FC takes control of the Liberty Stadium". BBC News. 17 February 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Liberty Stadium". 2010. Archived from the original on 19 June 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
  5. ^ "City stadium ready for kick-off". BBC Sport. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 22 July 2005.
  6. ^ "Swansea 1–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2005.
  7. ^ "Swans unveil Allchurch monument". BBC Sport. 15 October 2005. Retrieved 15 October 2005.
  8. ^ "Ospreys 24–16 Australia". BBC. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ Turner, Robin (20 February 2012). "Liberty Stadium extension under discussion with Swansea council". walesonline.
  10. ^ "BBC News – Swansea City says McDonald's plan risks Liberty Stadium expansion". 10 February 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  11. ^ max 4000 characters (12 May 2012). "McDonald's scraps its restaurant plans by the Liberty Stadium". This is South Wales. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  12. ^ "European Commission investigates Liberty Stadium funding deal". BBC News. BBC. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Stadium name puzzle for fans". BBC News. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2004.
  14. ^ "City stadium takes sponsor's name". BBC News. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 18 October 2005.
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  17. ^ "Pictures:Nigel Farage UKIP Conference Liberty Stadium Swansea". South Wales Evening Post. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Swansea City Attendances". Swansea City. 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Ospreys attendances". Magners League. 2010. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2010.

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