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The Liberty Stadium ( ) is a purpose-built sports and concert arena and conferencing venue in the Landoremarker area of Swanseamarker, Walesmarker. The stadium is all-seated, with a capacity of 20,532 making it the largest purpose-built venue in Swansea and the third largest stadium in Wales.

Opening

On its opening on 10 July 2005, it became the home to Swansea City Football Club (replacing the Vetch Fieldmarker) and the Ospreys Rugby Union Club (replacing St Helen'smarker and The Gnollmarker). The opening match at this venue was between Swansea City and Fulham (then managed by former Swansea player Chris Coleman) on 23 July 2005. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Naming

During its construction, a variety of nick names were suggested for it: particularly commonly-used were "Morfa" (after a former athletics stadium on the opposite bank of the Tawemarker) and the "White Rock" stadium (after the copper works of the same name which existed on the site historically). While a sponsor was being sought for the stadium, it was called the "New Stadium". Following sponsorship from Swansea-based developers Liberty Property, it became the "Liberty Stadium" on 18 October, 2005.

Ivor Allchurch

A statue of Ivor Allchurch was unveiled before a league match with Oldham Athletic. It was to commemorate the Swanseamarker-born star who during two spells for the club scored 164 goals in 445 appearances.

Concerts

On 1 June 2007, The Who played a concert there, supported by Killing For Company and The Charlatans.

Elton John played his only Welshmarker gig of 2008 at the Liberty Stadium on 29 June 2008 in front of an estimated record crowd of 25,000 . He was supported by Richard Fleeshman.

American singer Pink has announced she will be bringing her Funhouse Summer Carnival Tour to the stadium on 23 June 2010 .

References

  1. http://www.easier.com/view/Lifestyle/Entertainment/Going_Out/article-281083.html


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