|Address||Liberty Stadium, Landore, Swansea, Wales|
|Club||Swansea City FC and the Ospreys rugby team|
|Build Date||10 July 2005|
|Architect||TTH Architects, Gateshead UK|
|Average Attendance||20,619 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||20,972 (Swansea City v Liverpool, 3–1, 1 May 2016)|
|Stadium Cost||£27 million|
|Roof||Semi-transparent roof covering all seats|
|Who is the owner of Liberty Stadium?||Swansea Council|
|Pitch Size||105 m × 68 m|
|Where is Liberty Stadium located?||51.6422°N 3.9351°W|
|Nickname||White Rock Stadium (former name)|
Opened in 2005, the stadium in Swansea became the third largest football ground in Wales. Only Principality Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium boast with higher capacity in this country. The club has left the Vetch Field which had been their home for 93 years and started writing new history.
The Liberty Stadium is completely enclosed. It’s quite conservative in its design but it still looks great and it has a wonderful atmosphere. All four stands are two-tiered but the West Stand is slightly taller than all others. It is due to the row of corporate hospitality boxes. The East Stand is likely to get the third tier in the nearest future which should increase the Liberty Stadium’s capacity by 6,000 seats. In fact, it’s still unknown when exactly it’s going to happen.
The categories of seats are as follows:
- Category A – the seats with the best view along the pitch;
- Category B – all other seats.
During the international competitions the Liberty Stadium is called Swansea Stadium. By the way, it hosted seven Wales international football fixtures including five friendly matches, UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier, and the most recent 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Croatia, which was lost by the home team 1–2. Quite a few music concerts and political conferences also took place at the venue.
If you want to buy tickets for the Liberty Stadium’s concerts and matches of Swansea City FC, the Ospreys rugby team, or Wales international football team, among the other great websites I can recommend StubHub. It saves a lot of time and even when the tickets are sold out everywhere else they are still available at StubHub. Other traditional ways to purchase football, rugby, and concert tickets include:
- The stadium’s official website;
- Phone line – 01792 616400, option 1;
- Ticket office located right at the stadium.
The regular ticket prices at the Liberty Stadium are as follows:
- Category A – Adults 60$, Concessions 40$, Under 16’s 33$.
- Category B – Adults 40$, Concessions 23$, Under 16’s 20$.
Apart from football battles, Swansea is known for its university, fresh market, lovely Gower Peninsula, Swansea Bay, amazing parks, and parties. No matter what kind of activities you prefer, there are many things to enjoy in Swansea. Booking.com will help you to solve all issues with accommodations quickly and efficiently. Below I’ll show you a few examples of some great hotels in this lovely city.
- Ibis Swansea – 56$ standard rooms with private bathrooms and free WiFi is something you can expect to find in this hotel. The distance to the city’s major sports ground is 2.7 miles. They have free parking and great amenities.
- Tudor Court Hotel – is located within the same distance from Swansea City FC’s stadium. In addition to great rooms starting at 67$, they have a wonderful shared lounge and incredible sea view. The beach will be just a few steps away from you there!
- Singleton Hotel – is also located in Swansea Marina but just a bit further away from the sea. The location is still amazing and the personnel are very welcoming there. They charge 73$ per night which is a good deal!
- Dolphin SA1 – this is a spotless hotel in a great area. There are plenty of opportunities to do shopping nearby. Nice places like No Sign Wine Bar, Swansea Museum, Stardust Casino Slots, National Waterfront Museum, etc. are situated just a few hundred steps away from this hotel. The price is 92$ per night.
- Morgans Hotel – historic Maritime Quarter has plenty of accommodations. It’s clearly one of the most touristic parts of Swansea. In fact, this hotel is among the best of its kind. In my opinion, 153$ is a great price for such a welcoming place with cosy and spacious rooms. The distance to the ground is about 2 miles.
- Village Hotel Swansea – this boutique-style hotel is truly incredible and it’s more affordable than most of the other hotels of a similar kind. They charge 119$ per night. Enjoy the true Welsh hospitality and lovely atmosphere of this terrific hotel, relax in a hot bathtub, and watch the football game in The Village Pub with some great local food and drinks.
- Mercure Swansea Hotel – it is around a 30-minute walk away from the Liberty Stadium. They charge starting 131$ per night. Breakfast is a buffet and you can eat as much as you want for only 15$. They certainly have very clean and cosy rooms with all necessary amenities.
- The Grand Hotel – is one of the best hotels in Swansea for the price of 187$. It’s one of those places where every single day feels like a holiday. Their chef cooks absolutely delicious meals and in overall everything is great about this place.
How to get to
The venue has a very convenient location and the city is quite compact anyway. Its population is about 170 thousand. The public transport works great and there are more than enough taxis in Swansea. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any troubles getting to the stadium, especially since you have all these directions below.
By Train – if you are arriving in Swansea by train, you have to know that Swansea Railway Station is around a 30-minute walk away from the Liberty Stadium in the north direction. If you prefer using a local bus, the following routes will be helpful: 501, 30, and 34.
By Bus/Metro – there are many bus routes connecting different places in Swansea with the Liberty Stadium. The 4/4A FTR Metro buses stop can be found across the road from the venue. Therefore, the most efficient way is to find the bus stopping there. You can’t get any closer to the stadium using public transport in Swansea.
By Car – arriving from another city by car means that you should leave the M4 at Junction 45. Then take the A4067 towards Swansea before you see signs towards the Liberty Stadium.
By Plane – the closest airport to Swansea is Cardiff Airport (CWL). While the distance from there to the ground is 40 miles, the car ride may take from 1 hour to 1:40 hours. If you choose Transport for Wales option, it will take you about 2 hours to get to High Street Station. From there you can take bus 34 and quickly find yourself at the stadium.
Car parking at the ground is for permit holders only. The nearby street areas also don’t have any parking for non-residents. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Swansea is 17-21$.
Eating out nearby
Wales is known for organic farmer’s markets, special cheese, ancient culinary traditions which can be experienced during food festivals among the other things. Try Welsh cakes, cawl, and Welsh rarebit while you are in Swansea. The city has lots of amazing spots for foodies and quite a few great traditional pubs.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- The Plough and Harrow – is located just about 1 mile away from the venue. It’s a top quality pub admitting both home and away fans. The place is super neat and clean. They serve amazing dishes with an artistic approach.
- No Sign Wine Bar – is situated 2 miles away from the Liberty Stadium. It’s an exceptional place which will become one of your favourite bars as soon as you walk in. The staff members are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Try homemade Yorkshire pudding and some of the best real ales in the world.
- Ivorites Arms – is around a 15-minute walk away from the main sports ground in Swansea. The superb terrace, friendly atmosphere and a great choice of beers are making this place absolutely incredible for every football fan.
- Hiks – a great steakhouse with lots of tasty British things like kidney pie, fresh cod, and chips. They cook quickly so if you are in a hurry, the takeaway option can work just great. The distance to the ground is 1 mile.
- Lotus – a spectacular location of this restaurant and delicious Asian food is the formula for success. The venue can be found 1.8 miles away from the Liberty Stadium. They serve exceptionally tasty Thai food with the terrific atmosphere of purity brought from “the Land of Smiles”.
- Belle Vue Bistro – one of the top-rated restaurants in Swansea with Italian, American, and French dishes. You can find a lot of tasty things there. The distance to the ground is 1.8 miles.
Things to see at the stadium
Since the venue in Swansea is still quite new it boasts with wonderful hospitality suites, such as the CU29 Suite for 14 persons, the Morfa Lounge, and amazing VIP area. You are likely to enjoy seeing some great things such as the players’ tunnel and TV studio if you take a stadium tour.
The least convenient thing about this tour is that you cannot take it unless you have seven friends who also want to join you and explore this awesome ground in Swansea. If your group is big enough, you can call 01792 616400 and select Reception option or send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour provides an excellent opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of the local football and rugby idols and to look at the Liberty Stadium from the new angle.
If you are the real Swans’ fan, you really should check out the Club Shop at the Liberty Stadium (West Stand). The second location can be found by address 33-34 Union St, Swansea SA1 3DZ in the city centre. Finally, you can go to online Swansea store and choose from thousands of amazing items. They are also shipping merchandise to many countries around the world.
Things to do in Swansea
The second largest city in Wales is often considered one of the best cities in the UK. The old streets, striking architectural landmarks, lots of green zones, vivid Swansea Market, and incredible nature of the Gower Peninsula and the nearby beaches are the things that won’t leave you indifferent.
Currently, it seems there are no regular bus tours available in Swansea. However, if you want to explore some of the local gems with an excellent guide, try Gower Tours and River Tawe Cruise Swansea. The first one will reveal natural views and intriguing historical landmarks of the stunning Gower Peninsula. The second one will take about two hours and will show you the beautiful landscape of the city from the unique angle.
Top 3 places to visit
Gower Peninsula – an awesome and pure place for long and enigmatic walks in beautiful surrounding of the Mother Nature. This countryside looks magnificent at every weather so don’t hesitate to visit this site whether it’s summer or winter.
Swansea Museum – is an excellent museum which is also free, by the way. It presents plenty of thrilling artefacts, like steam engines and World War II items, art works, and even the Egyptian mummy.
Three Cliffs Bay – is located 12 miles to the west from Swansea. You can visit it on your own or take one of the coastal tours. It’s one of the most spectacular beaches the one can find in the area. It’s very peaceful and wonderful for a walk and for horseback too.