Swansea City vs Stoke City
Saturday 22nd April 2017 | Kick Off 3.00pm
Swansea City AFC
AFTER SPENDING 93 years at their former Vetch Field home, Swansea moved in 2005 to take residence at their new £27,000,000 arena in South Wales.
Built by Interserve, the 20,000 capacity stadium was christened the 'White Rock' by the Swansea residents, but is currently called the Liberty Stadium under a 10 year corporate sponsorship deal with Liberty Properties.
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 within 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 to help the pitch.
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 Welsh national team have played numerous games at the Liberty whilst the likes of The Who, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Kings of Leon have also held concerts at the venue.
From the bet365 Stadium, head southbound on the A500 and join the M6 at Junction 15, again heading southbound.
Exit the M6 at Junction 8 to join the M5 and travel approximately 40 miles, before exiting for the M50, again at Junction 8.
At Junction 4, where the M50 ends, take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A40 (signposted Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth).
Cross three roundabouts on the A40 and when the road splits, continue onto the A449.
At the end of the A449, near the Celtic Manor Resort, take the third exit at the roundabout and join the M4 motorway at Junction 24 (signposted Cardiff).
Continue on the M4 until Junction 45 and take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A4060 towards Swansea's city centre.
Cross two roundabouts and the stadium will then become visible on the left hand side.
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 £6.00 per car.
184 miles from the bet365 Stadium - 2 hours 56 minutes
GOING BY TRAIN
There are a number of ways to travel from Stoke-on-Trent to Swansea via rail.
The easiest method is from Stoke-on-Trent Station via Crewe to Swansea Station, but there also multiple connection routes available via Birmingham New Street & Bristol Parkway, and Tamworth & Newport (South Wales).
Taxi prices from Swansea Station to the Liberty Stadium are around £3.50, but if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, turn right out of the station and head along 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.
There is no return journey available via rail on Monday evening, the earliest journey back is at 4.58am with changes at Bristol Parkway and Tamworth for an arrival in Stoke-on-Trent at 9.15am.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
BBC Radio Wales broadcast on 93-96FM and 104FM, whilst Swansea Sound is available at 1170am.