A sporting stronghold, the Liberty Stadium in Swansea is home to several leading professional teams, including Welsh rugby union team The Ospreys and Championship football team Swansea City.
Rugby and football are pretty much religion in Wales, especially the former, and they both get worshipped at the Liberty Stadium, the city’s largest purpose-built venue. Home to Premier League football club Swansea City and provincial rugby side the Ospreys, it’s the third-largest stadium in Wales, with a capacity of just over 20,000.
Opened in 2005, the ground has also staged several Welsh international football matches, as well as concerts from the likes of The Who, Lionel Richie and Pink.
The ground is located several miles to the north of the city centre, with our Swansea North hotel being just over two miles away. Swansea City games regularly sell out in advance, so book ahead, especially if the match is against close rivals Cardiff City which is said to be one of the fiercest rivalries in the UK. There is no parking at the ground on match day but visitors can use the park and walk Landore Park and Walk scheme nearby or the Swansea Tennis Centre Park and Walk scheme, which is less than half a mile from the ground.
Founded in 1912, Swansea City joined the football league in 1921 and came close to winning the First Division title in 1981, before slipping down the leagues, narrowly avoiding relegation to the conference in 2003. They’ve enjoyed a solid resurgence since then, with their rise up the divisions to the Premier League chronicled in the 2014 film Jack To A King – The Swansea Story. Swansea City won the 2013 League Cup, their biggest piece of silverware to date, and even qualified for the UEFA Europa League where they were eventually beaten by Italian team Napoli – a far cry from their difficult days playing teams like Scunthorpe United.
The Ospreys are one of four Welsh professional rugby union teams and were formed in 2003. The most successful provincial side, they’ve won their Pro 14 league four times and provide the national team with several players, including Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Justin Tipuric, with past players including Shane Williams, Scott Gibbs and Adam Jones.
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