Swansea City supporters urged to respond to Liberty Stadium expansion plan survey
SWANSEA City FC wants your views on its Liberty Stadium expansion plans.
The club has been targeting registered members for their thoughts, but now wants non-registered supporters to respond to its online survey.
The answers will help give the club confidence in its proposals to add 10,000-plus seats to the stadium, as previously reported in the Evening Post.
Getting the thoughts of fans who are not season ticket holders was key, said Huw Cooze, who serves on the club's board and is also Swansea City Supporters' Trust director.
"It's the non-members we really need to get hold of," said Mr Cooze.
"We are after the confidence to spend probably £15million to £20million."
"We know there is a fan base out there."
The stadium currently holds some 20,500 home and away supporters.
Club chairman Huw Jenkins has said a planning application to expand the east, south and north stands is due to be submitted to Swansea Council in March.
Mr Cooze urged people to respond to the survey promptly.
One of the questions asks people if they would buy a three or five-year season ticket at a discounted price.
Another asks people if they would like to buy a season ticket for the first time, while a third question asks season ticket holders if they would like to buy extra tickets for family and friends.
"We need to get the next generation (of supporters)," said Mr Cooze.
He said the feedback thus far had been positive — and that the club would rather have 10,000 people wanting tickets than 2,000 or 3,000, but were at the same time realistic.
The vast majority of tickets for home games are season tickets, and filling an expanded stadium for the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal is not perceived as a problem.
Speaking last month Mr Jenkins stressed that retaining top flight status in all this was crucial.
"We can do the east (stand) first probably if we want to, then decide on doing one of the other two or both at the same time," he said. "But as we all know in football we don't know what's round the corner, so we have got be careful and make sure we do everything within what we can afford.
"It's going to cost, and retaining Premier League status is vitally important. But there's additional money coming in via the TV revenues next season and we have to make sure we use that wisely, that we do things that are right for the club for years to come."
The Liberty Stadium's capacity is the second lowest in the Premier League, only ahead of QPR's Loftus Road. An extra 10,000 seats would put it between Southampton's St Mary's Stadium and Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
Speaking last month Mr Jenkins added: "Naturally families grow and change during that time and people can't get additional seats around them for their own families, so a lot of thought is going to go into how we can adapt certain areas and work our expansion with that."
To respond to the survey, visit www.swansmedia.co.uk/survey/fm-contact-us.cgi