First image of new-look Liberty Stadium
HERE is an image of the new-look Liberty Stadium.
The West Stand main entrance will undergo a major revamp under plans submitted to Swansea Council.
SA1-based architect Powell Dobson has come up with the designs for the scheme, which was reported in yesterday's Evening Post.
Gone are the existing three pillars, to be replaced by two new ones — and a glazed entrance.
Driving the planned changes are a requirement to comply with new Premier League broadcasting arrangements for next season.
The work, if given the go-ahead by city planners, will result in a new press area to accommodate 120 journalists on a new fourth floor.
An extra 705 seats will be added, new staircases and a new hospitality area.
Kevin Matthews, senior architect at Powell Dobson, said: "The proposed new glazed entrance is intended to emphasise the movement and match-day 'buzz' as spectators enter and move about the stadium.
"This is flanked by two new stair towers required to accommodate the additional seating capacity."
The planning application would seem to indicate the club's confidence in maintaining all-important Premier League status.
With 11 matches to play, Michael Laudrup's men are 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
The League Cup-winning club has previously outlined proposals to add up to 12,000 seats to the east, north and south stands.
The current application has been welcomed by fans.
Writing on our website, www. thisissouthwales.co.uk, a reader who calls himself brochadav, said: "Any expansion has to be a good thing, we continue to grow but within affordable parameters.
"Swansea City, good for football and good for our city. Could we be any more proud of what our club has become? Huw Jenkins and the board deserve all the recognition they get."
Another scribe, Jagermeister, wrote: "Will take the stadium capacity up well over 21k, which is a very good thing without a huge outlay, and it will give the chance for people to get their hands on season tickets, as well as some more matchday tickets."
It is understood the Swans will submit a transport study, on the advice of planning officers.
Match day parking in the Landore and Plasmarl areas has caused some upset.
A resident of Dinas Street, Plasmarl, claimed the issue was a "white-hot potato".
The 43-year-old, who declined to be named, said: "It is an absolute nightmare parking around the Plasmarl area.
"Blue Badge holders park on Cwm Level Road and then walk 500 yards to the stadium. You have to walk on the road to get past the cars."