Swansea City unveil plans to expand Liberty Stadium in stages
HUW Jenkins expects the Liberty Stadium's capacity to be bumped up to 22,000 next season — and says it should be 27,000 by the start of the following campaign.
Swansea City are keen to make room for more fans at their Landore home because of high demand to see them in Premier League action.
And Mr Jenkins (above) is confident that work will soon be under way on expanding the Liberty.
The current record crowd at the stadium was the 20,650 sellout for the game against Manchester United just before Christmas.
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But Swansea believe they will soon be able to trump that attendance by some distance.
Work on a new area for media at the Liberty is set to take place this summer, which will in turn mean space is created for more fans.
And Swansea will lodge a planning application later this month to increase the Liberty capacity by around 5,000 at the end of next season.
Swansea may then look to increase the capacity by a further 5,000 at some point in the future.
"We will have a full application in for the end of March and once that is passed we will do part of that towards the end of next season, starting with the East Stand," Mr Jenkins explained.
"Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club.
"If and when the final stage is complete the stadium will hold 32,000.
"The first bit, which we plan to do this summer, will take the figure to 22,000, and then it will go up to 27,000 with the first stage of the East Stand, starting near the end of next season and running through the summer.
"We have to make sure we do it right, but it will be led by how well we do on the field."
As well as stadium expansion — and strengthening the squad for a European adventure — Swansea's owners are also working hard to improve the club's training facilities.
Michael Laudrup's squad are already doing much of their training on a new artificial surface in Landore.
Dressing-room facilities and grass pitches will also be completed soon on that site, while Swansea are also pressing ahead with work on a second new training base at Fairwood.
"The one in RTB (Landore) will be finished in the next few weeks," Jenkins said.
"And planning permission has gone in for the one in Fairwood and has been approved for the first stage up there.
"That will push ahead in the summer."
Jenkins, meantime, says there are no plans for Swansea to try to take ownership of the Liberty.