- Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Former names White Rock Stadium Location Swansea, Wales Coordinates Coordinates: Broke ground 2003 Opened 10 July 2005 Owner Swansea Council Operator StadCo Surface Desso GrassMaster Construction cost £27 million Architect TTH Architects, Gateshead UK Capacity 20,532 Tenants Ospreys (2005–)
Swansea City A.F.C. (2005–)
The Liberty Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm Liberty) is a purpose-built sports stadium and conferencing venue in the Landore area of Swansea, Wales. The stadium is all-seated, with a capacity of 20,532 making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea and the third largest stadium in Wales after the Millennium Stadium and the Cardiff City Stadium. It is also the home of Swansea City and the Ospreys. As a result of Swansea City's promotion the stadium is the first Premier League ground in Wales. It is the second smallest stadium in the Premier League after Loftus Road.
With the Vetch Field, St Helen's and The Gnoll no longer being up-to-date venues to play at, and both the Swans and the Ospreys not having the necessary capital to invest into a new stadium, Swansea council and a developer-led consortia submitted a proposal for a sustainable 'bowl' venue for 20,520 seats on a site to the west of the River Tawe on the site of the Morfa Stadium, an athletics stadium owned by the City and County of Swansea council. It was funded by a 355,000 ft retail park on land to the east of the river. The final value of the development being in excess of £50m.
The first capacity crowd recorded at the Liberty Stadium was on the 1st November 2006 when The Ospreys beat Australia 24–16. The stadium has also hosted two Wales Football internationals against Georgia and Sweden which both ended in defeats for Wales, 2–1  and 1–0  respectively.
During its construction, a variety of names were suggested for it: most commonly-used was "White Rock" stadium (after the copper works of the same name which existed on the site historically). However "White Rock" was only used as a temporary name during its construction and when work was finished, the name was dropped and the stadium owners began looking for sponsors for the stadium. While sponsors were being searched for, it was called the "New Stadium Swansea". On 18 October 2005, Swansea-based developers Liberty Properties Plc won the naming rights to call it the "Liberty Stadium".
On 23 July 2005, The Liberty Stadium was officially opened as Swansea City faced Fulham, (then managed by former Swansea player Chris Coleman) in an friendly match. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with the first goal being scored by Fulham's Steed Malbranque.
Before a league match between Swansea City and Oldham Athletic, a statue of Ivor Allchurch was unveiled to commemorate the Swansea-born star who during two spells for the club scored a record 164 goals in 445 appearances.
The ground also seldom hosts Wales football international fixtures.
Date Competition Home Team Score Away Team 15 August 2006 Friendly Wales 0 – 0 Bulgaria 20 August 2008 Friendly Wales 1 – 2 Georgia 3 March 2010 Friendly Wales 0 – 1 Sweden 7 October 2011 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier Wales 2 – 0 Switzerland
Date Artist Support Acts 1 June 2007 The Who Killing for Company 29 June 2008 Elton John Richard Fleeshman 23 June 2010 Pink VV Brown
Butch Walker and the Black Widows
1 June 2011 Rod Stewart Swansea City FC 12 June 2011 JLS Olly Murs
Season Swansea City Ospreys 2005–06 14,155 8,373 2006–07 12,720 9,027 2007–08 13,520 8,797 2008–09 15,186 8,405 2009–10 15,407 8,445 2010–11 15,507 8,105
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