Liberty revamp to meet new Premier League guidelines
PLANS for a major revamp of the Liberty Stadium's main entrance, a new press area and hundreds of extra seats have been revealed.
Swansea City FC chairman Huw Jenkins wants to alter the central section of the West Stand to comply with new Premier League broadcasting requirements for next season.
If the plans are given the go-ahead by Swansea Council, a new glass-fronted entrance will be built, flanked by two pillars: one with the Swans club logo on it, the other with the Ospreys logo.
The current press section will be moved to a new fourth floor area to accommodate 120 journalists.
An extra 705 seats will be added for fans, plus associated hospitality and new staircases.
But the actual stadium "bowl" as you see it now won't be altered.
It is understood Swansea Council has requested a transport study to be submitted by the Europe-bound football club. Mr Jenkins has previously spoken about proposals for up to 12,000 new seats in the east, north and south stands.
A planning application is due to be submitted in the not too distant future.
A design and access statement submitted as part of the current application said better media facilities were required as part of new broadcasting arrangements. Premier League clubs are in line for millions of pounds more revenue next season, with around half of all broadcasting income now coming from overseas media companies.
A design and access statement submitted as part of the application cited a Cardiff University report which said the Swans' first season in the Premier League contributed some £58 million to the local economy.
It said the football club and the Ospreys were a big part of Swansea and the surrounding area.
"Their success contributes to a sense of pride that residents have in their city," said the report.
It pointed out most Swans home matches were sell outs and that there was a waiting list for season tickets.
The stadium also hosts concerts, corporate events and weddings and is run by the Stadium Management Company, which has Swans, Ospreys and council representatives on its board.
"The Stadium Management Company have been key in advising on these requirements and programming to ensure that works can be completed with minimal disruption," added the report.