Swansea City

Liberty Stadium

Capacity: 20,814 (all seated)
Address: Morfa, Swansea, SA1 2FA
Telephone: 01792 616 600
Fax: 01792 616 606
Ticket Office: 0844 815 6665
Pitch Size: 114 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Swans or The Jacks
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Shirt Sponsors: GWFX
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: All White With Gold Trim
Away Kit: Green and Navy Hoops

External View
External View
South and West Stands
South and West Stands
East Stand
East Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Ivor Allchurch Statue
Ivor Allchurch Statue
South and East Stands
South and East Stands

The Club moved to the Liberty Stadium in 2005, after spending 93 years at their former Vetch Field home. Built by Interserve for a cost of around £30m, it is located 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 was renamed the Liberty Stadium under a 10 year corporate sponsorship deal.

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. Outside the stadium at the South West corner, by the club shop and ticket office, is a statue of former Swansea legend Ivor Allchurch. The stadium is shared with Ospreys Rugby Union Club.

The Club have put in a formal planning application to extend the capacity of the Liberty Stadium to 34,000. The first phase of the developments would see an additional tier being added to the East Stand, increasing the number of seats by 6,000. This would be followed at a later stage with additional tiers being added to both ends of the stadium. No time scales have been announced as to when these developments would take place.

 

Away fans are housed in the North Stand at one end of the stadium. Up to 2,000 fans can be accommodated in this area, although this allocation can be reduced to 1,000 for teams with a smaller following. 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 one of the most generous of any stadium that I have visited. The concourses are spacious, with food and beverage outlets, plus a number of 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 two metal barriers, with a line of stewards and Police in-between. 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. 

David McNeil informs me; 'As a West Brom fan on holiday in Swansea, I visited the new stadium for the first League game against Tranmere. The stadium is very impressive and the facilities inside the stadium are excellent. Large concourse and great views from the stands. The atmosphere generated by the Swansea fans was excellent throughout the 90 minutes and it will become an intimidating place just as the Vetch used to be. Pre-match entertainment was enjoyed by my kids especially the antics of Cyril the Swan. Great day out, would love to visit the ground again when West Brom play there'. 

Tickets will not be sold to away supporters by Swansea City on the day of the match, so do not travel unless you already have a ticket from your own Club. It is also worth bearing in mind that the Swansea fans are passionate about their club and this can make for an intimidating atmosphere. Exercise caution around the ground. 

Steve Griffiths adds; 'On the nearby retail park, there is a KFC & Pizza Hut – within 5 minutes walk. Opposite the stadium is a very nice chippy called ‘Rossi’s’. As well as the usual chips with fish, pies, sausages, etc.. they also do salads and jacket potatoes'.

Phil Weston a visiting Stoke City fan informs me; 'The Liberty Stadium is a lot more friendly than the old Vetch Field. Stoke fans were drinking in The Harvester and Frankie & Benny's just outside the ground and a couple of the pubs just up from the stadium'.

Otherwise it a choice of a drink on the way to Swansea, go into the city centre or drink inside the stadium.  Merv Williams informs me; 'There are a number of pubs on Wind (pronounced as winding a watch) Street in the centre of town, such as Yates, the Bank Statement and the No Sign Bar (the latter being listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Ask for Castle Gardens, and you'll see Wind Street'. Mick Clarkson a visiting Preston North End fan adds; 'After leaving the train station we proceeded up the High Street and went into the Full Moon public house. The locals both young and old were very friendly and we had a good laugh with all in there both before and after the game. Basic pub with pool table and Sky Sports and a Leeds fan for a landlord and excellent cheap beer'. The Railway Inn on Siloh Road, is best avoided by away fans.

Alcohol in the form of Carling lager and Worthington bitter are served within the stadium. The Club open the turnstiles 90 minutes before kick off, so that fans have the option to eat & drink within the stadium itself.

Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (sign posted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and half miles and you will reach the stadium on your left. Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place. However away mini buses and coaches can park behind the North Stand in a fenced compound, at a cost of £20 per coach and £10 per minibus. Don't be tempted to park on the nearby Retail Park as you may well end up with a ticket, or worse still, clamped for your trouble!

Away Fans Park & Ride Facility

Away supporters are being encouraged to use the Park & Ride facility located at the Felindre old steel works site, which is signposted off Junction 46, shortly after leaving the M4. The cost of parking there including transport by bus to and from the stadium is £6 per car. Away supporters have their own separate buses to and from the stadium, with the buses waiting outside the away stand at the end of the game to take supporters back to the car park. Simon Wright a visiting West Bromwich Albion fan adds; 'The park and ride is located in the middle of nowhere, but curiously has a high fence. Apparently the facility is also used as a park and ride for the DVLA so the fencing may be for the benefit of their staff. There are toilets on the site although they do look rather ancient. All the staff were friendly and the buses frequent. After the game has ended, the park and ride buses leave the compound with the away coaches for fairly obvious reasons. In my case, this meant a wait of around 20 minutes'. 

There is also some street parking to be had. If coming from the M4, you pass the stadium on your left and continue straight on towards Swansea, then after going under a bridge, then there are a number of roads on the right, where on street parking is available. It is then around a 10-15 minute walk to the stadium. However, please note that after the game has ended the Police close the A4067 road running past the stadium, meaning that you can't go back up to the M4 that way. You need to instead go back up to the stadium and where the road is closed turn right at the roundabout onto the A4217. At the next roundabout turn left continuing away from Swansea City Centre. At the junction with the A48 turn right and this takes  you up to Junction 44 of the M4.

Andrew Bartlett a visiting Southampton fan adds; 'I intended to use the park and ride and followed the signs but found the site to be desolate wasteland with flooded potholes, not very inviting at all. Instead I drove on to the stadium and despite the dire warnings found free on street parking only a few minute's walk away and almost traffic free after the match. The level of security and large Police presence was completely unnecessary for such a low key game'.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SA1 2FA

Swansea Railway Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the stadium. Regular local bus services (every ten minutes: routes 4, 4a, 120, 122, 125, 132) and taxis (around £6) are available from the train station to the stadium. Otherwise if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Neath Road. Proceed straight along Neath Road and you will eventually reach the stadium on your right. Thanks to Tom Evans for providing the directions.

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Like a number of clubs, Swansea have a category system (A & B) for match tickets, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices in brackets.

All areas of the stadium:

Adults £45 (B £35)
Over 60's £22.50 (B £17.50)
Full Time Students £22.50 (B £17.50)
Under 16's £22.50 (B £17.50)
Disabled supporters are admitted at the relevant price above, a helper is admitted free.

Category A games are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Disabled supporters are admitted at the relevant price above, a helper is admitted free.

Please note that tickets for the away section are not on sale on the day of the game, but must be purchased in advance from the visiting club. Concessions will require proof of status to purchase tickets and to gain access to the stadium.

Swansea City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Official Programme 'Jack Magazine' £3
Swansea Oh Swansea Fanzine £1
A Touch Far Vetched Fanzine £1

Cardiff City and from a little further along the M4, Bristol City & Bristol Rovers.

26 spaces for wheelchair away supporters are available in the North Stand at the front of the upper tier. There is a lift on the concourse of this stand to help disabled fans gain access. Five car parking spaces are reserved for visiting disabled fans at the stadium, at a cost of £10 per vehicle, but these must be booked in advance through your own club. Additionally there is a disabled drop-off bay by the stadium and the 'Park & Ride' scheme is wheel chair accessible. Disabled fans pay the full adult ticket price, but the helper goes free.

Record Attendance

At The Liberty Stadium: 20,828 v Liverpool, Premier League, March 16th, 2015.

At The Vetch Field: 32,796 v Arsenal, FA Cup 4th Round, February 17th, 1968.

Average Attendance

2014-2015: 20,555 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 20,407 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 20,370 (Premier League)

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Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram.

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 15 March 2014, 3pm
By Lee Jones (West Brom fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was really looking forward to the game as I had never been to Swansea at either the Vetch Field or the Liberty (Morfa) Stadium. Plus I  had visited Cardiff earlier in the year and really enjoyed that trip. We were also stopping over in Swansea and were looking forward to having a look around town.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As we stayed overnight I wasn’t really sure the best way to make the trip from the town centre. The distance is certainly walkable but after a few beers I thought either Bus/Taxi was the best option. It was the locals told us to catch the “bendy bus” number 4 up to the ground from outside the station. It was easy and fast.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went into town and had a few beers in the Eli Jenkins and were chatting to a few of the locals. All the Swansea fans we met seemed very friendly to be honest. After we made our way up to the ground, we called into the Harvester right by the stadium. Both that and the Frankie and Benny’s were absolutely heaving but there was no animosity between our large away support and their following. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The new ground looks like many other new stadiums and looms up over its surrounding retail park. It was quite impressive and visible being predominantly white and looked imposing. The ground was smaller inside than I imagined but there certainly are no bad seats or views and the areas under the stands though busy, were large enough to cope with the sell-out following.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was a little disappointing. I was expecting it to be really impressive and intimidating but a little like Cardiff earlier in the season, it never really got going. Their supporters enjoyed their early goal but that’s where it stopped really. It was generally an enjoyable game especially as we came from that goal down to record our first win in eight games. The stewards seemed fairly relaxed and no special attention was given to fans standing and they were as helpful and friendly as I have encountered. I didn’t try any of the pies or beer available at the stadium so can’t comment but everyone seemed to enjoy those too.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I had been warned about getting away from the ground after the game as the park and ride buses were kept in until the home fans have been transported. We had intended to catch the normal service bus back into town just over the road from the ground with the Swansea fans but noticed a number 4 bus in our compound with Town Centre as its destination. It was there to take away supporters to the station. We jumped straight on that and as soon as it was full and had a police escort through the traffic (some of which, it bypasses down a special buses only road) and were back in less than 20 minutes. Really easy. The away fans are sectioned off from the home fans by the compound but there didn’t really seem any need as there was no likelihood of confrontation with either team’s supporters.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An exceptional day with decent friendly home supporters, a great come from behind win and celebrating into the night. By the way, Swansea is a great place to visit for the night life too but that’s a different story. Definitely a trip I would like to repeat, hopefully in the Premier League.

Swansea City v Arsenal
Premier League Saturday
28 September 2013, 5.30pm
By Christian Stephenson (Arsenal fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I tend not to get to go to away games much, owing to fatherhood, so I was looking forward to everything that comes with an away trip at Arsenal i.e. vocal away support that travels in good numbers and a few ales. I was also looking forward to seeing the Liberty stadium for the first time.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

The game kicked off at 5:30pm for TV reasons, meaning that the last train from Swansea back to London that evening (7:30pm) was impossible to catch, so we drove. I researched the journey beforehand and, despite most advice saying to exit the M4 at Jn 45, got off at Jn 44 and followed the A48 and A4217 - piece of cake. Car parking was easy - there's a very friendly place called the Landore Social Club in a service road right by the stadium, off Neath Road. Parking was £4, and entry to the club is 50p for non-members. Away fans were welcome. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

We had a few beers at the Landore Social Club....in the car park! (we had a few cans of ale with us already). We had a beer inside the ground also, but it was packed and a nightmare to get served. The beers were unremarkable, Carling I think (why no Brains SA Gold?!), for about £3.50.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

The concourse of the ground is like many other new builds - concrete-y, breeze blocks everywhere, etc. The inside (i.e. in our seats) of the ground is nice enough; again a bit too much grey concrete, I think they could give it a lick of paint. The view was fine as is always the case with these new stadiums. I was surprised it was so small, but that's no bad thing, it can make for a better atmosphere. One little architectural feature I did like was the translucent roof at the opposite end to ours and it being staggered along the two sides to eventually be non-translucent at our end. Presumably this is something to do with the sun shining, but I thought it gave a little character to the ground. 

View from the away section

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

As above, pretty functional. The bar could have been bigger, but facilities fine, no wait for the toilet. The chips we had at half time were better than average. Pricing inside the ground was definitely not at 'rip off' level like we see at Arsenal.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Very, very easy. The car park at the social club emptied in seconds. We went back out to Jn 44 M4 again; the route to Jn 45 was blocked as the police shut the A4067, presumably to let all Arsenal coaches leave at the same time. We were on the M4 within ten minutes. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

2-1 to The Arsenal, all good! A very enjoyable day. The game wasn't a classic, we played some lovely football at times, but the match didn't replicate the "two best footballing sides in the league" build-up. I thought the Swansea fans would be more vocal than they were. When they were vocal, they seemed to just boo ex-Cardiff player Aaron Ramsey, who deservedly scored the second goal. I'd be back again, next time I'd hope to be able to get the train, or maybe I'll stay over and do the 'Mumbles mile'! One last thing - tickets were £45! Incredible, do they charge all clubs that fee? Of course they don't. An issue that will no doubt have a lot more exposure again this season, which is no bad thing.

Swansea City v Arsenal
Premier League
Saturday 28 September 2013, 5.30pm
By Jack Richards (Arsenal fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was my first away game of the season and I had never been to Swansea before. It was a ground I had always wanted to go to since they were promoted.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

We boarded the train from Birmingham at around 12pm and arrived in Swansea at around 3.30. A Police officer told us to zip up our jackets and gave us directions to the ground which proved to be extremely helpful.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

There is a Frankie and Benny's outside the ground so we had a drink there. We wanted something to eat but the queues were massive. We couldn't find any burger vans so had to wait until we got into the stadium. The home fans seemed welcoming but we had a few dirty looks whilst walking to the turnstiles.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground looks brilliant and really stands out considering the area isn't the nicest. Outside the away end you are lead into a 'pen' and searched before entering. We spent around 1 and half hours in the concourse before finding our seats which were right at the back. The view of the playing field was excellent but the stadium looks like most of the flat-pack grounds you see nowadays. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half wasn't very exciting with both sides having not many chances. What I did notice however, was that the more vocal home fans were situated in the stand running along the side of the pitch, which is different as at most clubs they are usually behind one of the goals. We had to wait until just near the hour mark for a goal but it was worth it. We scored  a second but Swansea scored 9 minutes from the end so it was a nail biting last few minutes for the travelling Arsenal fans.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Our train from Swansea was at 19.32 so we had to leave 5 minutes early to get a taxi. Unfortunately we missed the train and had to get a later one to Cardiff, which meant getting back to Birmingham at around 1.15am. The Swansea fans at the station wished us good luck for the season and a safe journey home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a brilliant day out and a good game, although I'm not entirely sure that it was worth the money we paid for travel. It is a ground I probably won't be visiting again in the near future.

Swansea City v Arsenal
Premier League
Saturday February 16th, 2013, 3pm
By Paul R (Arsenal fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

A week before the match, tickets became available and I had a free day so I decided to go to the game. I was also quite interested in going on my first "international" club match.  

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?: 

I took the official club coach so parking wasn't much of an issue. The journey along the M4 was good however it slowed down at the Severn Tolls (as expected due to the 6 nations between England and wales) before picking up past Cardiff. About a mile from the ground, the coach was escorted to the stadium by the police (who were so focused on that, they missed a motorcyclist driving down some steps of a footpath flyover!)  

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?: 

As we entered the ground (apart from one lorry driver giving us the thumbs down) we didn't have much interaction with the home fans. Because it was a club coach they drove us right into the grounds of the stadium, the away end outside the ground was basically in a pen so we couldn't walk around the stadium so I didn't get much of a chance to do much before the game other than buy a programme and then have to put my water in the coach as the stewards wouldn't let bottles in. Just to note, you do get frisked before you enter the stadium.  

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

The ground appeared quite in keeping with the area and looked fairly symmetrical all the way around outside. Inside, I was placed in the upper tier which gave great views of the ground and the seating had a nice pattern. One thing I didn't like was that the electric scoreboard that was hung from the roof of the stand opposite was not really big enough to see clearly and the clock on it was much smaller and virtually hard to read from the distance so bring a watch if you're timekeeping. The roof covered all the seats so even though it was raining, the fans stayed dry.  

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..:  

As soon as I entered, I ordered half a pint of Carling which was decanted from another cup in front of my eyes. It was cool but didn't really taste as if it had been well kept. The concourse is small and since it serves 2,000 away fans, it does get very tight in there, especially at half-time so make sure you arrive early if you want to drink before the game. I can't say anything bad about the stewards as they were helpful and didn't do anything to hamper us, even though we stood the whole game despite the tickets telling us not to.     

The atmosphere was quite good from part of the Swansea fans however I did notice that they relied heavily on a drummer and only a quarter of the ground near the drummer where actually trying to make an atmosphere. They did do anti-English songs which wasn't too nice, so be prepared to respond with anti-Welsh songs (or Swing Low, Sweet Chariot). Arsenal fans were splendid singing all game and returning anything that Swansea fans could chant at us as well as out-singing them with our chants if they sang anything similar in tune to one of ours.   

The match was very good. It was open-ended attacking football with both sides having chances and it got better as the match went on. The TV highlights didn't really do the match justice as they cut out a lot of good moments of play and shots at goal. Arsenal won 2-0 thanks to goals from Monreal and Gervinho. After the second goal went in, there was a mass exodus of Swansea fans so by the time of the final whistle, the ground was almost empty bar the Arsenal fans.                            

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

It was quite easy getting away because people were able to return to the coach quickly because it was parked near the away entrance. Again we had a police escort with them stopping the traffic to let us through. I thought this was a bit over the top.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

It was a nice trip into a "foreign" land with it being a great day out as Arsenal came home with 3 points. I think that the stewards do go a bit over the top outside but inside they were not needed. I would be tempted to go again even if they spelt "lift" wrong in the concourses!

Swansea City v Norwich City
Premier League  
Saturday, February 11th 2012, 3pm
By Steve Chambers (Norwich City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

Since the fixtures where announced this was an away game I had earmarked to go to as my son lives in Bristol, so I could pop down and take him to the match. This was also my first game seeing the Canaries in Wales as well as a visit to another new much talked about stadium.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

My journey was split into two, travelling down the Friday night staying in Bristol. Left Bristol about 12 midday to make the hour and a half journey to Swansea, after being mugged by the Severn Bridge, £6 is far too steep, we heard there was slow traffic around the M4 near Newport, but decided to risk it and it took a little while to get through, but after hearing that the away coaches had gone off the motorway and got lost, it was probably the best decision!

The rest of the short journey was uneventful, apart from I thought the M4 was really smooth no bumps etc.. and the temperature was a barmy +5 after our -16 in Norfolk the previous night. We decided to use the Away fans park and ride at Junction 46. We followed the signs to a piece of wasteland just off the motorway, however there was security on site, but the car park was fenced in. It cost £6 which was paid on the bus and after a short journey to the ground of around 5-10 mins, we were dropped off right outside the away end. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?  

After the previous nights events we decided against finding a pub, but after being dropped off there was a food outlet over the road, one part served burgers etc the other served fish and chips, very organised. So opted for the burger option, didn't touch the sides very nice. No problems at all with the Swansea fans friendly bunch. In fact there where a couple of Swansea fans on the park and ride buses who seemed nice people.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

The ground itself looked smart from the outside as we headed down towards the away end, really tight security through some stewards then a search, show your tickets through more stewards, then through the traditional turnstiles. On entering the ground it looked really smart although a bit on the small side, the away end behind one of the goals, we where in the top tier 3/4 of the way back giving us a superb view of the action. It was obvious that the fans to our left where the Swansea singers as they started to go through their range of songs, but the yellow army gave as good as they get, giving superb support close to 2000 I would guess considering its approx 600 miles from Norwich to Swansea return.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

I was if I was honest expecting a really tough game after we lost there 3-0 on our previous visit and the home team had beaten some high profile Premier League teams already this season. We started the game really well passing the ball around but without causing too many problems, however Swansea scored with their first attack we feared the worst, we had a twenty minute period when we where under the cosh, however a superb tackle by the returning from injury Elliot Ward keep the score at 1-0 at half time. 

My son purchased a couple of coffees at half time without too much fuss as we waited for the 2nd half to start. I thought however the Swansea fans weren't as noisy as I thought they would be, most songs where started off by a  drummer . As the second half started it was obvious from the off set Mr Lambert had given the Norwich team a rollocking, as we started to knock the ball around superbly and started beating Swansea at their own game. 

In the first 20 mins of the second half we scored 3 goals as we took charge we also hit the bar and their goalie produced two excellent saves. However just as we thought we where in dream land we gave a penalty away making it 3-2, making the last eight minutes a tough test. Swansea missed a sitter, hit the post and then Ruddy made a superb save and we held on for a deserved victory. We stood throughout the whole game and really enjoyed it, the atmosphere was also very good. The Swansea fans cranked it up in the last 10 minutes, but as always this season Norwich's travelling support was excellent.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:  

After the game we exchanged a bit of banter with the Swansea fans and reveled in our victory. Our park and ride coaches where parked in amongst the cabbage (away) coaches, after about 10-15 minutes we set off back to M4 in convoy, here I have to say where  I was really really impressed with the organisation of the South Wales Police all roads where blocked on the way out to get us back to the M4, very good. Once back at the Park & Ride it was straight out the the motorway and away, no problems.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

A great day out, easy ground to get to, even though its miles away. Two teams loving the Premier League. Nice ground, good organisation using the Park & Ride is a must.

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League  
December 31st 2011, 3pm
Victoria Evans (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

Although I wasn’t keen on going to a match on New Years Eve, I was very keen to see Swansea City's new stadium, as I’d not been to their ground before. Plus there are no guarantees that Swansea will stay up this season, so I decided to go. We left Sussex at 7am, there were four of us in the car.  Luckily for me I had driven to Blackburn earlier this season so it wasn’t my turn to drive.  Journey took four hours including a stop for breakfast just over the Welsh border.  

We had remembered to look up beforehand and have the right money for the toll as you pay as you go into Wales (but oddly not on the way out!).   

We found the ground very easily using this guide and parked up in a designated car park on the industrial estate opposite the stadium.  It cost £5 and seemed secure enough.  It was pouring with rain so we went to the Harvester which is just in front of the ticket office.  Lots of space in there for dining but the bar area is very small and got packed very quickly. I ordered some food to eat in the bar area, all standard fare for Harvester and no sign of prices going up for being a Southerner (which occasionally happens at away games elsewhere). The locals were very friendly and there was no sign of animosity at all.  

Easy enough to get into the ground, got body searched going (not always done to us ladies on away trips).  The stadium is roomy and pleasant although a little bland (you can tell they lease it from the Council).  The view from the North Stand is excellent.  If you are in the lower tier you’ll get wet (if raining) but if you are upper tier you are fine. I didn’t eat nor drink in the ground. Good amount of toilets (for the girls anyhow).    

The home fans were noisiest in the North East Corner and sang the whole time with a variety of songs, although the whole home crowd sprung into life with their equalising goal.     

We stood the whole time and we weren’t told to sit down at any time although there is a warning printed on your ticket.   When leaving the stadium, you weren’t kept separated from the home crowd, but this wasn't a problem.

There were lots of cars parked badly/illegally on the industrial estate so getting out was a major pain.  Next time I go I’ll use the park and ride scheme which appeared to working well.   

I enjoyed myself, a 1-1 draw was a fair result so all in all, I hope they stay up so I can visit again next season.

Updated 23rd July 2015

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