Stadium could get 11,000 extra seats and new name
SWANS fans could be watching Premier League football in a newly-named and expanded stadium in the coming seasons.
Club bosses have confirmed that an application to expand the Liberty Stadium will soon be submitted to Swansea Council.
The club lodged a formal planning application to extend the Liberty Stadium's capacity by around 11,000 over the next three to five years in April this year.
The proposals would see the North, South and East Stands of the stadium extended in three phases.
The club has confirmed it will not be expanding the West Stand at the Liberty.
However, as the current deal with the ground's sponsors will soon run out, the days of the top tier football Liberty Stadium could be numbered — at least in name only. Club chairman Huw Jenkins and vice chairman Leigh Dineen confirmed the plans at a fans forum meeting this week.
Mr Jenkins said: "The planning permission application for stadium expansion will be in before Christmas. We are just finalising the proposed travel plan to go along with the application, which the council want.
"Money has not been ring-fenced for stadium expansion. Year on year our focus is on making sure we are in the Premier League and that dictates what we do. The redevelopment is designed to be done in stages. That means that we can spread the cost of it financially, and it also means we can decide as we go along whether we need to progress with each stage. Initially the redevelopment will involve the East Stand only."
Mr Dineen also confirmed that the club wanted to introduce big screens at the newly expanded ground.
He added: "We will look into putting jumbotron screens in at the stadium. They are part of the plans and when we expand they will come into place."
During the fans forum meeting, which came just days before the Swans take on two glamorous fixtures, hosting Liverpool before travelling to Valencia in the Europa League, Mr Dineen also confirmed that the name of the Swans stadium could change in the coming years.
He said: "The stadium naming rights have another two years to run, but we are now looking at the future.
"We are in the market place looking to see if there are any interested parties."
The club's vice-chairman added that the club would only be doing a deal which would give the ground an appropriate name.
He said: "One thing is getting the right price for the naming rights, but we don't want to agree to a name which would not be appropriate."