Liberty Stadium or Stadiwm Liberty is a football stadium and conference venue located in Swansea, Wales. Stadiwm Liberty has capacity of 20,532 spectators and entirely with seating. In
that capacity, the Liberty Stadium became the 3rd largest stadium in
Wales after the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium.
Stadiwm Liberty is the home of Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys rugby club. After the success of Swansea up to the Premier League, the Stadiwm Liberty became the first Premier League stadium in Wales. This season, Liberty Stadium being the second smallest stadium after Loftus Road, home of Queens Park Rangers.
With the Vetch Field, St. Helen's Rugby and Cricket Ground, and The Gnoll can no longer keep up with the times while the club Swansea and the Ospreys did not have the funds to create a new stadium then the City Council of Swansea and consortia also propose the construction of a stadium with a capacity of 20,520 spectators in the west of the River Tawe in the area of the former Morfa Stadium, an athletics stadium which is also owned by Swansea City Council. The final value of the stadium development exceeds 50 thousand pounds sterling.
The first recorded match at the Stadiwm Liberty took place on 1 November 2006 when the Ospreys beat Australia by a score of 24-18. The stadium also has 2 times hosting the Wales national team when it faces Georgia and Sweden. Both of those games each ended with the defeat of Wales, 2-1 against Georgia and 1-0 when facing Sweden.
During the construction period, many names were proposed at the time, but the most widely used is the "White Rock" stadium (the same name as the historic site). However, the "White Rock" is only used as a temporary name during construction and after construction is completed, the naming of the stadium handed over to the owner who started looking for sponsors for the new stadium.While the sponsor is being sought, the stadium was named "New Stadium Swansea". On October 18, 2005, a developer based in Swansea, Liberty Properties Plc., Won the naming rights to the stadium and call it "Liberty Stadium".
On July 10, 2005, the Stadiwm Liberty was opened and became the headquarters for the Swansea City (replacing the Vetch Field) and Ospreys (replacing St. Helen's and The Gnoll).
On July 23, 2005, the Liberty Stadium was officially opened with a friendly match between Swansea City and Fulham (which is coached by former Swansea player, Chris Coleman). The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the first goal scored by Fulham's Steed Malbranque.