Swansea City – The Liberty Stadium

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liberty stadium swanseaThe Liberty Stadium is an all-seater affair, with a capacity of 20,532.

Following 90+ years at the Vetch Field, Swansea City moved into this new, purpose-built, £27 million stadium in July 2005.

For sponsorship reasons, it is named after Swansea-based developers, Liberty Property. Four, two-tiered stands completely enclose the pitch. The West Stand is slightly higher than the other 3, incorporating executive boxes on its upper tier.

Outside the ground, the South-West corner is graced by a statue of Ivor Allchurch, a Swansea legend who scored 164 goals in 445 appearances for the Swans. Away fans are housed in the North Stand at one end of the stadium.

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How to get to the Liberty Stadium

By Road:
liberty stadium directionsVisiting fans driving from both North and South should follow the M4 as far a junction 45, exiting onto the A4067 towards Swansea city centre, signed “A4067 (South).” After about 2¾ miles, the stadium is visible on the left.


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By Rail:
swansea train stationSwansea High Street Station is about 2 miles from the ground and is on the mainline from London Paddington. Walking to the Liberty Stadium takes a good ½ hour, but buses run approximately every 10 minutes and taxis are also available. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Cardiff, at a distance of some 30 miles. Regular rail connections to Swansea are available, though passengers will be required to change at Bridgend. Total journey time is about 1¾ hours. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Swansea that can take you to and from the Liberty stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

liberty stadium parkingThe limited car parking at the Liberty Stadium is reserved for permit holders and “residents only” parking schemes operate around the ground. Many visitors have advised using the “Park and Ride” facility at Swansea Vale. This is well signed from the A4067, soon after leaving the M4. Separate buses are allocated for away supporters. These depart from outside the North Stand for the return trip. Any temptation to park in the nearby retail park should be avoided, as many visitors report picking up parking tickets.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Liberty Stadium

pubs near liberty stadiumAs soon as Swansea City gained promotion to the Championship, the Police instructed all pubs near the ground not to admit away fans. However, there are several away-friendly pubs in the city centre. Wind Street is popular, with Yates, the Bank Statement and the No Sign Bar all recommended, along with a large Wetherspoons on Kingsway. Swansea open their turnstiles a good hour before kick-off, giving away fans the option of drinking inside the ground.

Hotels near the Liberty Stadium

marriott swanseaThe Swansea Marriott Hotel (pictured left), SA1 3SS is a modern property overlooking the marina in Swansea’s recently developed Maritime Quarter, about 2 miles from the Liberty Stadium. Its rooms feature light, modern decor and some have views of the marina. Room amenities include air conditioning, satellite television, Internet access and a mini bar, while hotel facilities include a swimming pool and gym. The hotel has received consistently good guest reviews for comfort, cleanliness and service. ramada swansea

The Ramada Swansea (right), Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park, SA7 9EG is a modern hotel set in landscaped grounds adjacent to the Fendrod Lake, 1½ miles from the Liberty Stadium. The rooms are decorated in light colours with functional furnishings. Modern amenities include satellite televisions with pay movies, telephones and tea / coffee and making facilities.


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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Liberty Stadium?

away fans swanseaMost visiting fans have been impressed by the Liberty Stadium, commenting on its modern looks and excellent facilities. Many away fans have been pleasantly surprised by the behaviour of the Swansea fans, despite their reputation.

Most visitors found them very vocal, but not intimidating, leading to a great atmosphere within the ground. There have been very few complaints from visiting fans, who noted the Swansea stewards as some of the best they have encountered, making their visit a thoroughly enjoyable experience

Your comments about Swansea City – The Liberty Stadium


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  1. Richard

    On my visit to the Liberty stadium, i was impressd with the ground itself, the atmosphere and legroom was great until after the game when all the swansea fans near the away section started throwing coins at us. After getting off the bus we were trapped in this small area seperating the home and away fans, meaning we were unable to walk into swansea and go for a pint, everything inside the ground was overpriced


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  3. Tom

    The stadium is very nice and the actual playing surface is incredible. I would recommend staying overnight or for the weekend as Swansea is an absolutely beautiful city and if you arrive via official travel you will enter the area at a bit of a random entrance and see nothing at all of the city itself.
    The Swansea fans are very passionate and VERY loud! But at the same time most of them are respectful and welcoming. You don’t really get the option to walk around and sample the pubs in the area, but you can do this in the city centre if you are not on official travel and/or stay the weekend.
    There’s no parking at the stadium but plenty of places right next to the stadium (local business premises and park and ride). The food and drink inside the stadium is fine.
    The nightlife is great (head for Wind Street) with plenty of nice restaurants, bars and clubs and there are loads of tourist attractions – there are stunning views and beaches everywhere, museums, leisure centre, shopping, markets and all sorts. Absolutely beautiful area.


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  5. ian

    the park and ride facility may now be operating from M4 junction 46 (velindre) and not 45 (riverside swansea vale)


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  7. Craig Chadwick

    Visited the Swansea on 2 occasions now,. first impressions are of a standard modern stadium with not too much in the way of character. The away section is behind one goal with plenty of room to house our 3,100 contingent. Got to say both times I went it was virtually a sell out & the Swans fans whip up a good atmosphere which helped their team to an impressive 3.0 win. (at least we only lost 3.2 last time!) Unfortunately due to the early kick off we saw little of the surrounding area before the game & after chose to make my way straight back home to Nottingham.
    As it was a lunch time kick off it was a very early start , so expect a long day out in this neck of the woods!


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  9. leeo

    Many away supporters now use the 2 Restaurants inside the stadium grounds, The Harvester and Frankie&Bennys. Home fans use these also and they can get very busy but both fans mix well and and there is a good atmosphere. Ive been there every premier league home game so far with my son and every game I’ve talked to away fans.


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  11. curtis

    everything inside the stadium may be overpriced but the atmostphere in the ground is class but if your coming up for the game dont fo that come up for the weekend and go and have a walk in the gower it’s class


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  13. stevie main

    For starters, use junction 46 off m4 signposted Llangyfelach (2nd turning off roundabout) great little pub
    called the Plough & Harrow, (100 yards up on the right hand side) no prob with away supporters, park the car for free,
    room for around 60 cars, taxi to the ground around a tenna, the ground is expensively overpriced inside, but there’s a chippie across the road and a kebab place across the dual carriageway, no problem with the home support, very friendly outside, partisan inside, great atmosphere thou, if you do get time to stay in swansea, the city centre’s about a 2 miles away, great pubs in the wind street area or check out the Mumbles area for a great summer family return.


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  15. Scousegaz

    My son lives in Swansea through his job and although I havent been there as an away fan supporting the reds, i’ve been to plenty of swans games as a Jack!! Swansea is a great city and my adopted second home and I cant praise the place highly enough with great people and generally a great atmospere. The stadium is modern and so lacks the feel of the old Vetch but the Jacks still create a very vocal support which creates a good atmosphere. When the Millenium Stadium hosted Cup Finals I have always stayed for weekends in Swansea with my mates, all reds supporters, and had some fantastic times in Swansea and was gutted when it went back to Wembley. The old timers will remember Jumpin Jacks wey hey what a jaunt that was and our favourite Guest House The Mansell has sadly gone too but we all loved ya Jane. If you can make a weekend of it do it, you wont be dissapointed. Great city, great people, great nightlife and some great Indian restaurants on St Helens Road!!


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  17. ADAM LUKER

    Not sure about pubs near allowed in them, traffic okay but still takes 3 7/2 hours to get there from cardiff due to police. ground dark and dull and fans very quite.


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  19. Manc Dan

    Great trip to stadium. Our bus arranged a stop-off at a local rugby club about 15 mins from stadium. Good atmosphere, fair prices and away from the huge crowds we had been warned about at the harvester. Excellent start to the build up – shame the result spoilt it! I think it was Taibach RFC, highly recommended if that was the one (had a pie shop next door!).


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  21. chris

    Its time to drop the bad reputation bit from this article. We don’t have it any more and it has not been present since our move to the Liberty.

    As for friendly pubs for visiting fans there is absolutely Frankie and Bennies and the harvester outside the stadium which away fans attend every game. Even the coopers and commercial nearby have regular away supporters with no bother.


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  23. Ollie Johnson

    Train takes you into central Swansea but be prepared for a 15-20 minute walk to the stadium, alternatively a taxi from the station to the ground costs around £8. For the FA Cup tie we had the whole of the North stand to ourselves so the atmosphere was good. I would recommend drinking/eating in the concourse before the game starts, there is a lot of space there despite being a relatively small stadium and the prices are not bad at all in comparison to what we have to pay back in the capital. Never had to queue once in the vicinity of the stadium for either entrance or food/drink outlets, credit to the stewards at the turnstiles and those working round the stadium for their efficiency towards fans.


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  25. Paul

    On my first visit there last season i had read all the reports about no colours no pubs etc, but i gnored them. Went to the game in arsenal shirt had no problem in both harvester and frankie and bennys. Swansea fans superb and friendly. Hope this would be the same if we eventually beat them there though lol


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  27. Chris

    well i travelled 348 mile round trip to the Liberty Staduim, i thought the away end at Swansea wasnt bad and i thought the welsh people seemed friendly enough the atmosphere itself wasnt bad the home fans only cheered when they scored and as much as im getting sick of watching sunderland away from home this season cause i think we are going down.
    i have 2 say overall the ground and people not bad at all but its a long journey 700 mile in total so prepare for a long journey and i wont be taking it again


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  29. Simon

    Sunday was my first visit to the liberty, I went on the club coach as it was a late Sunday kick off and did. It fancy driving, the coaches parked right inside the complex so can’t comment in anything outside of the ground.

    At the turnstile we had a full pat down this was done to everyone regardless of age but it was done in a very friendly and polite manner so no big deal there.

    For the first time that I have seen wine was on sale by the glass it was bad wine but never the less a nice change, great choice of good food and drinks at fair prices for the quality.

    The stadium itself is a souled bowl just like, Derby, Southampton and Sunderland, but as with all these stadiums very practical great view enough legroom, though this was not needed. As always we made lots of noise and I was surprised how quiet the home fans were even after they scored but there was no aggression from the home fans.

    The police and the stewards were great very friendly and very sensible as we had not sold out and it was raining they said they were shutting the lower part of stand and all seating was unreserved something they did not have to do but made the experience far more comftable for all of us.

    Great away day


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  31. Paul S.

    The first time that i’ve managed to get a tickets for Swansea away. As I support the most hated team on the planet I was expecting hostilities from the home fans. How wrong I was. Friendly and welcoming, fans, police and stewards. After a good pub stop at the 12th Knight pub in Port Talbot (which I can highly recommend too) we got to the ground at 2pm so decided to walk out of the compound and try the Harvester. Found it very friendly indeed. Swansea is now my favourite away day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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