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Swansea want to increase Liberty Stadium to 32,000

Swansea want to increase stadium to 32,000 after League Cup success

By
Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

11:15 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 2 March 2013

Swansea are set to submit a planning application to expand the Liberty Stadium in the wake of their Capital One Cup success.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has previously spoken of his desire to add extra seating to the council-owned ground in order to meet demand for tickets for home games, providing the club are able to retain their Premier League status.

Swansea regularly sell-out games at their 20,500 capacity home and are eager to bring in extra revenue, with the club enjoying the greatest success of its 101-year history.

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

Expansion plans: Swansea City want to increase the size of the Liberty Stadium

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to a maximum of 32,000, with the club taking a piecemeal approach to the work.

The number of seats is set to rise to 22,000 during the summer, and they hope an additional 5,000 will be added in time for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

But Jenkins is adamant the club will only press ahead with the expansion if it is deemed the right financial decision.

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Capital gains: Swansea won their first trophy in their history

Jenkins said: 'We will have a full
planning application in for the end of March and once that is passed we
will do part of the work towards the end of next season, starting with
the East Stand.

'Once we get that moving we will go from there, but it all runs parallel to us still being in the Premier League and it being right for the club.

'If and when the final stage is complete, the capacity will be 32,000.

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Silver lining: Michael Laudrup earned his first trophy at Swansea after just eight months

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

Plans to grow: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins wants a larger capacity ground

'The first part will take the figure to 22,000 this summer, and then it will be 27,000 with the first stage of development of the East Stand, which will start near the end of next season and run through the summer.

'We have to make sure we do it right but it will be led by how well we do on the field.'

But Jenkins does not believe it would be in the club's best interests to attempt to buy the ground outright.

He said: 'I don't see any benefit in us owning the stadium.

'The relationship with the council is a good one for the council and the city itself, and it is right for us as a club.

'It provides stability as it keeps away potential owners you do not want around the place, and that is a great thing for us.'

Debt-free Swansea recorded a 14.6million profit for their opening season in the Premier League.

The club are also developing two training grounds after previously having to use public facilities.

Work near the Liberty Stadium at Landore is set to be completed in the coming weeks, while a state-of-the-art facility is also being developed in conjunction with the city's university.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner sells Cleveland Browns for 620million

Villa owner Lerner given green light for 620m sale of Cleveland Browns

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 16 October 2012

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner’s sale of the Cleveland Browns NFL
franchise for a reported figure of $1billion (620million) has been formally
approved.

The sale of the team by Lerner to Jimmy Haslam, agreed back in August,
was voted through at a meeting of NFL team owners in Chicago.

'Jimmy Haslam, who agreed to purchase a controlling interest in the
Cleveland Browns in August, was approved by a unanimous vote from the
other clubs at the NFL’s Fall Owners Meetings in Chicago, the NFL
announced Tuesday morning,' said a statement on the Cleveland Browns
website.

Lerner, who completed a takeover of Villa in 2006, inherited control of the Browns in 2002 from his father Al Lerner.

Four years earlier, Al Lerner paid 329m for the
franchise, which joined the league as an expansion team and returned
American football to Cleveland following the departure of the original
Browns to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

The Lerner years were never greatly successful, however, with the team
enjoying only two winning seasons in 1999 and 2007, reaching the play-offs once, and combining to go 69-146 under the family’s control.

Since Lerner took over at Villa Park, Browns fans became increasingly
frustrated by what they perceived as the owner’s preference for the
Barclays Premier League team at the expense of the Browns.

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m

Silly burgers! Swansea chairman fears McDonald"s plans could hinder ground expansion

Silly burgers! Swansea chairman fears McDonald's plans could hinder ground expansion

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says a
decision by the local council to approve plans for a fast-food
restaurant near the Liberty Stadium could hamper any plans the club may
have to expand the ground.

Swansea council have approved planning for a McDonald's near the stadium's South Stand, subject to conditions.

Off target: Plans for McDonald's near Liberty Stadium have angered Swansea

Off target: Plans for McDonald's near Liberty Stadium have angered Swansea

The Liberty Stadium Management Company, which runs the ground and includes members from Swansea, the Ospreys regional rugby team and the city council, had voiced their objection to the plans while council planning officers had also recommended that the proposal be refused.

And Jenkins said in a statement on the club website: 'The club's board of directors was shocked and disappointed at the short-sightedness of the decision.

'The local authority was well aware of our concerns and objections for a fast food outlet on the perimeter of the stadium and it remains to be seen whether the decision will have a detrimental effect for the further expansion plans we have for the Liberty Stadium.

Crowd-pleasers: Swansea have enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League

Crowd-pleasers: Swansea have enjoyed an impressive start to life in the Premier League

'Everyone is well aware that we have started exploring the possibility of increasing the capacity at the stadium, improving fan facilities and car parking. We were already working on plans.

'There are thousands of supporters who would love to watch the Swans in action in the Premier League and we are keen to facilitate that.

'This decision may jeopardise that opportunity now for the people of Swansea.'