Swansea fans warned about notoriously steep Mestalla Stadium
AFTER the Swans hit the heights of ninth in the Premier League and won the first major trophy in the club's history last season, some fans could be forgiven for thinking they couldn't get much higher.
But soaring to such a level might just have proved ideal preparation for fans planning to travel to Spain to witness the club's continuing Europa League adventure.
Because when Michael Laudrup's men take on their next European opponents Valencia a week today they will be watching from the gods of the notoriously steep Estadi de Mestalla — the Mestalla Stadium.
The stadium is so steep that the club is advising anyone with vertigo or fear of heights to think carefully before they travel.
Advice to fans is that the club's entire allocation of 2,377 tickets is situated in the upper tier of one end of the stadium. And with no lift access available, it means fans face a climb of 19 flights of stairs, or 152 steps.
The club's website adds: "With the away section situated very high up in the upper tier, we would like to inform supporters to monitor their situation if they suffer from vertigo or other height fears. Supporters who suffer from such conditions cannot be moved to another section of the stadium."
Such a lofty viewpoint is likely to be a new one for even the most well travelled of Swans fans.
Alan Lewis, of Swansea City Supporters Trust said: "Fans who have been to Newcastle United's ground St James' Park will be familiar with the heights that seats can be situated.
"It is about 12 or 14 flights going up to upper tier, and we have joked about needing a head for heights going up there.
"Up there is it enclosed within a stand, but Valencia is rather different. I was at a match there years back, in an area likely to be the same as we will have this time.
"Let's just say it is quite a long way from the pitch. It is an open terrace and you feel exposed to the elements.
"But from what I understand the game has caught the imagination of Swans fans, and I am sure they won't let that stop them from travelling out there to support the team." Because there is no lift service, disabled supporters are advised to contact Valencia directly if they wish to purchase tickets, because the disabled section is at the opposite end of the stadium to where the Swans fans will be seated.
The club is also warning that they will not be offered any further tickets, so any Swans fans trying to purchase those in the home sections of the Mestalla will end up being removed and ejected from the stadium.