Vital Football

Latest Walsall FC News

Visit Swansea's new ground, sunday

 Visit Swansea's new ground, sunday

Except for the hardy 70 fans that visited the Liberty stadia for the LDV game few saddlers will know what to expect. I have put together an insight in what to expect from the new ground.

Swansea City
Ground Name: Liberty Stadium
Capacity: 20,500 (all seated)
Address: Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2FA
Main Telephone No: 01792-616-600
Fax No: 01792-616-606
Ticket Office: 08700-400-004
Team Nickname: The Swans or Jacks
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Pitch Size: 105 X 68 Metres
Home Kit Colours: White & Black
Away Kit Colours: Black With White Trim
Kit Manufacturers: Macron
Shirt Sponsors: TravelHouse.co.uk
After spending 93 years at their former Vetch Field home, Swansea have moved into the 21st Century, with a new stadium near to the former site of the Morfa Athletics Stadium on the West side of the River Tawe. The stadium was christened White Rock by the Swansea residents, but is now called the Liberty Stadium under a five year corporate sponsorship deal.

Built by Interserve for a cost of around £27m, the stadium saw its first game in July 2005. Although fairly conservative in its design, the stadium is still impressive. It is completely enclosed with all four corners filled with seating. Each of the four stands is two tiered and three are of the same height. The West Stand at one side of the pitch is slightly taller, having a row of 28 corporate hospitality boxes, situated above the upper tier. The Club's offices are also located behind this stand. An unusual feature is the great use of transparent roofing towards the South End of the stadium. This allows more natural light into this area, making for an interesting effect. Both ends have an electric scoreboard situated on the front of their roofs, although for some reason the scoreboard at the North End is larger than the one at the South End.

Away fans are housed in the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where (if demand requires it) up to 3,500 fans can be accommodated. The views of the playing action from this area are excellent as there is a good height between rows and the leg room is probably the most generous of any stadium that I have visited. The concourses are spacious, complete with television sets, for pre-match and half time entertainment. As you would expect from a new stadium the facilities are good. Away fans are separated from home fans by black netting spread over a block of seats to either side of the away section, with a line of stewards also in attendance. Interestingly, the main singing contingent of home fans, have, in the traditions of the Vetch Field, situated themselves along one side of the pitch in the East Stand, rather than at the South end of the stadium. The catering facilities offer the delicious 'Football's Famous Chicken Balti Pie', pasties (£1.80), cheeseburgers (£2.30) and hot dogs, plus beer is also available. Please note though that the stadium is a completely non-smoking one, even on the concourses smoking is not allowed.

The ground is by a retail park which provides some car parking as well as the usual KFC and fast food outlets also I am informed that a local chippy is worth a visit.


North Stand: Adults £13, OAP's £10, Under 16's £7.

Programme Price Official Programme £3.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Jorge's Jottings
Date:Saturday March 4 2006
Time: 11:29AM

Comments

0
I am looking forward to my first trip to the new stadia, especially if Italy win the rugby saturday!!!!!
Big No 9
10/03/2006 08:02:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Walsall Articles

West Brom and Aston Villa pre-season ticket news

Ticket news for two of the Saddlers fixtures this pre-season.

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Makris putting in the graft

Record signing Andreas Makris is ready to knuckle down

Lincoln City added to pre-season

Walsall will face Lincoln City in preparation for 2017/18.

Archived Vital Saddlers Articles

Vital Saddlers articles from

Site Journalists

TP1992
Editor email
Profile
Kev
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where Will Walsall Finish?
Suggested By:
Automatic Promotion8%
Play Offs21%
Mid Table Medicority50%
Relegation21%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Sheff Utd 46 30 10 6 100 45
P Bolton 46 25 11 10 86 32
3 Scunthorpe 46 24 10 12 82 26
4 Fleetwood 46 23 13 10 82 21
5 Bradford 46 20 19 7 79 19
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 73 9
7 Southend 46 20 12 14 72 17
8 Oxford 46 20 9 17 69 13
9 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 9
10 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 66 -2
11 Peterborough 46 17 11 18 62 0
12 MK Dons 46 16 13 17 61 2
13 Charlton 46 14 18 14 60 7
14 Walsall 46 14 16 16 58 -7
15 Wimbledon 46 13 18 15 57 -3
16 Northampton 46 14 11 21 53 -13
17 Oldham 46 12 17 17 53 -13
18 Shrewsbury 46 13 12 21 51 -17
19 Bury 46 13 11 22 50 -12
20 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
R Port Vale 46 12 13 21 49 -25
R Swindon 46 11 11 24 44 -22
R Coventry 46 9 12 25 39 -31
R Chesterfield 46 9 10 27 37 -35
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Walsall Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Northants Saddler1
2.telfordsaddler1
3.Dale Derrivale1
Write for Vital Football