Read all about it, Swansea City now needs extra room for media
WHETHER it was Ben Davies' goal-scoring glide into the Arsenal box, Michel Vorm's smart save from £42 million man Mesut Ozil, or that shot of the purple twilight glowing above Landore, Swansea City's clash against the Gunners was beamed to some exotic places.
Among the visiting media on Saturday evening were Qatar-based Al Jazeera, US network NBC, India's Star Sports and France's Canal+.
And you can throw in the presence of Danish television, a host of radio stations, national newspapers and — of course — the South Wales Evening Post.
At this match alone were 100 members of the press, 30 photographers and additional camera crews.
The Swans had to expand their media facilities for this season to comply with Premier League guidelines.
The league's domestic rights income alone soared when Sky bid £2.2 billion for 116 games per season for the three years up to 2016, with BT also joining the party with its £730 million deal for 38 games per season.
Matches not broadcast by these two media giants are granted to Premier League TV.
Overseas broadcasters, meanwhile, now have greater access. All Premier League clubs are required to set aside 15 commentary positions for them.
Clubs must also ensure their press boxes have wired and wireless access at every seat, and that any other media room offers similar access as well as a dedicated area for photographers.
The Swans have this month been granted planning permission for a major expansion of press facilities in the West Stand, in tandem with an extra 505 spectator seats and a redesign of the stand's entrance.
But a spokesman for the club said the press expansion has been completed without the other aspects outlined being required.
The press section now has two new media gantries for broadcasters, a bigger conference room, additional television and radio interview rooms, and a new television studio.
The Liberty can seat up to 200 members of the press - and no spectator seating has been lost.
Former Evening Post photographer Phil Davies recalled rather less plush press facilities at the club's former Vetch ground.
"There was a little steamy room with a woman making tea for the boardroom," said Mr Davies.
He said you could fit three or possibly four people his side of the counter.
"If you were lucky you'd get a cup of tea and a curled-up Branston and cheese sandwich!" he added.