Liberty Stadium expansion 'cements Swansea's place as top for sport'
A BIGGER Liberty Stadium could boost the economy and "cement Swansea's place as a top city of sport".
This is according to Cabinet member for regeneration, Nick Bradley, who has welcomed proposals for expanding Swansea City's home ground.
Club chairman Huw Jenkins announced exclusively to the Post this week that they wanted to add thousands of seats to the stadium.
But he stressed saying in the Premier League was vital to realising its expansion.
Mr Bradley said: "The Swans have been performing superbly yet again this season and we welcome news the club is looking to expand the Liberty Stadium because it further cements Swansea's status as a top city of sport.
"More capacity will lead to an even more atmospheric match day experience and even more money being spent in local hotels, pubs, restaurants and other businesses.
"We have already met with the Swans and will continue to be on hand to support them through the application process."
Mr Jenkins said the club was looking to add between 11,000 and 12,000 seats to the south, east and north stands.
The stadium's capacity is currently around 20,500, but the club is missing out on match day revenue due to the high demand to see them live.
An application is expected to be submitted to Swansea Council early next year.
Mr Jenkins said a lot of work was going on behind the scenes.
"We hope to be ready to put a planning application in by February or March," he added. "The (supporters) trust is helping us to do a survey shortly to see where we are at with the level of interest in additional season tickets.
"We want to get all that in hand, to give us the confidence and to judge where we need to be, because we will be expanding in different phases.
"We are looking to get some feedback. For instance, a lot of the feedback I hear is that a lot of the ground has been more or less sold out for five or six years."
Mr Bradley added: "The Swans' Premier League status hasn't just been great news for the football club — it's been great news for Swansea Bay as a destination too.
"The Premier League is the best football league in the world that enjoys an audience of many millions of people across the world. This means Swansea's profile has been considerably raised and many people will have heard about Swansea for the very first time.
"Visiting fans have been coming to Swansea in their thousands since the Swans were promoted to the Premier League. Many of them have been spending several nights in the local area, which helps boost our economy."