SWANSEA CITY v STOKE CITY
THE LIBERTY STADIUM:
After spending 93 years at their former Vetch Field home, Swansea moved in 2005 to take residence at their superb new £30m arena in South Wales.
Built by Interserve, the stadium was christened 'White Rock' by the Swansea residents, but is now called 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.
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.
YOUR ROUTE: (From the Britannia Stadium):
Leave the Britannia Stadium to join the A500 Southbound, before joining the M6 Southbound at Junction 16.
Exit the M6 at Junction 8 to join the M5, (signposted The South West, Birmingham (W & S), West Bromwich).
Travel along the M5 for approximately 40 miles, before leaving at Junction 8 to join the M50, (signposted South Wales, Ross).
At M50 - Junction 4 roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A40 (signposted Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth).
Continue on the A40 taking the 3rd exit at the first roundabout, (signposted South Wales, Monmouth).
At Wilton Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted South Wales, Monmouth).
Take the second exit at the third roundabout to continue on the A40, (signposted Newport, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Forest of Dean).
Continue forward onto the a449, then join the M4 motorway (signposted Cardiff).
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.
With all surrounding streets having ‘residents only’ parking schemes, away supporters are encouraged to use the Park & Ride system which is signposted at Junction 46 off the M4. It costs £6 per car.
Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium is 184 miles away from the Britannia Stadium, with an approximate travelling time of around 3 hours 15 minutes.
GOING BY TRAIN:
Taxi prices from Swansea Station are around £3.50, but 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.
BBC Radio Wales 93-96FM and 104FM as well as Swansea Sound on 1170am.
A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – Mamady Sidibe:
City striker Mama Sidibe was given his chance in British football with Swansea… and has stayed here ever since, with the current season being his 11th on these shores.
The Malian striker made 31 appearances in the league for the Welsh club before moving onto Gillingham, where he stayed for four years and played under current City boss Tony Pulis.
He joined the Potters in 2005, and played a key part in the Club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008. He is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday after three injury-ravaged years.