Swansea's rich sporting history and heritage is embedded deeply within the community.
Liberty Stadium is a sports stadium in the Landore area of Swansea, Wales and has a capacity of 20,520. It was constructed between 2003/05 and costed about £27,000,000. It's the 3rd largest stadium in Wales (after Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium), owned by the city and county of Swansea.
It hosts by average 55 games per season and 20+ training sessions.
Swansea now has a world-class multi-use sporting venue to be proud of and hosted its first international between Wales and Slovenia, on 17th August, 2005. It is now also the home for the Ospreys regional rugby team.
With the Liberty Stadium home to both professional football and rugby, the pitch construction had to be carefully planned to allow it to cope with the high impact events of both codes. And it is also what is contained within the pitch that makes it truly special. The pitch is made up of different layers which all help the durability necessary for a pitch.There is a state of the heart drainage system and under-soil heating, while there are approximately 20 million artificial grass fibres sewn into the pitch to increase its durability.
Things you didn't know about the Liberty Stadium
- There are 1,450 pre-cast concrete piles in the ground
- If you laid out all the piles end to end, it would stretch almost 13 miles - approximately from Swansea to Port Talbot
- There is approximately 150 tonnes of reinforcement in the foundations
- Within the building and foundations there are more than 4,800 cubic metres of concrete, which were delivered to site by lorries
- There are over 8,500 linear metres of formwork in the ground for foundations
- There has been 24,000 cubic metres of excavated material
- There is over 18,000 cubic metres of imported fill onsite
- The surface area beneath the Stadium is a massive 26,662m2 or 6½ acres
- The upper floors and roof structure will be supported by 2,500 tonnes of structural steelwork, which is equal to the weight of 300 average sized African elephants or 1,400 Ford Focus cars
- There are approximately 2,500 holding down bolts fixing 460 steel columns
- The overall area of blockwork forming the internal and external walls amounts to 27,500m2 or 300,000 blocks
- There are over 420 doors throughout the stadium
- There are 26 sets of stairs
- There are 12 lifts
- There are 30 number turnstiles
- There are 250 WC's
- There are 200 wash hand basins
- There are 5,000 light fittings
- There are over 10,000 tress and shrubs in the landscaped areas
- The pitch contains 10.1 million metres of
'Desso' nylon inserts
- 2006: The Who
- 2008: Elton John
- 2010: Pink
- 2011: Rod Stewart JLS
- 2014: Kings of Leon