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Swansea City - October 6

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Swansea City on Saturday 6 October in the Sky Bet Championship.  It has been a few years since we last went to Swansea, and so there is more excitement than usual for our longest away trip of the league season.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

This is based on information from the Swansea City website plus additional information specific to this game. 

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.

Swansea City information

The address for Swansea City AFC is Liberty Stadium, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2FA.  

A video visitor guide for away fans can be found at the following link:

https://www.swanseacity.com/visitorguides

There is also a link on this page (underneath the video link) to a visitor guide to the Liberty Stadium.

Information for disabled fans can be found at the following links:

https://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/swansea-city-association-football-club/swansea-city-association-football-club-access-guides

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/swansea-city-association-football-club/visiting-supporters-croeso-north-stand

Some information can also be found on:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/liberty-stadium-swansea-city.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to the Liberty Stadium and information that is specific to our fans.

 

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £25 for adults.  Concession prices apply for U16s, students with ID and seniors 60+.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability. 

 

Travelling to Swansea City

Supporters Coach

Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

For those travelling from Ipswich the coaches are leaving Portman Road at 06:45 at a cost of £37 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 23:30.  

There is a planned stop on both the outward and return trip at Hopwood Park Services on the M42, which, subject to traffic delays, should be around three hours from Ipswich.  

The official coaches are going via the A14 so pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.  The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 3 October). Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

 

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is SA1 2FA (see car parking below as you may want to put the postcode for the car park).         

There are two routes from Ipswich to choose from.   The first, via the A12 / M25 / M4, is normally the quicker route.   Alternatively, you can go via the A14 / M6 / M42 / M5 / M50 / A40 / A449 /M4.   The first route is likely to take the best part of five hours with a clear run and the second route closer to five and a half hours. 

If you take the A12 route, beware of a couple of stretches of average speed cameras (that are not all that well signposted), roughly halfway between Ipswich and Colchester and around Kelvedon / Witham.   There is a toll at the Severn Bridge which costs £5.60 for a car, £11.20 for a small bus and £16.70 for a coach.  Motorcycles and Blue Badge holders are exempt from payment – you must make sure you go through a staffed toll booth.  The toll is one-way, applied when you drive into Wales; it is free on the way back. 

If you choose the A14 route, watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon and on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.   Also note that there are long-term roadworks and 40mph speed restrictions on the A14 from before the junction with the A10 in Cambridge for several miles, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch. 

For both routes exit the M4 at Junction 45 onto the A4067.  Follow the signs along the A4067 (about 3 miles) until you reach the Liberty Stadium which is located on the outskirts of Swansea next to the Morfa Retail Park.

 

Parking

The away coaches will park behind the North Stand in a fenced compound.

www.footballgroundguide.com advise that car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place.   They do however mention that there is some street parking if you drive pass the stadium on your left and continue towards Swansea.  You will go under a bridge and there are a number of roads on the right which are around a 10 to 15 minute walk from the stadium.  If you do street park then make sure you check any restrictions. 

Note that after the game the Police may close the A4067 by the stadium so to get to the M4 you will need to turn right where the road is closed onto the A4217.  At the next roundabout turn left continuing away from Swansea city centre.  At the junction with the A48 turn right towards Junction 44 of the M4.

Fans are warned not to park on the Morfa Retail Park, next to the stadium, as it has a time limit for parking of 90 minutes, so you may well end up with a parking fine if you then stay for the duration of the match. 

 

Park and Walk

The Landore Park and Walk (Sat Nav postcode SA1 2JT) is a 3-minute walk to the stadium.  The cost is £6 per vehicle, subject to availability.   The Park and Walk site opens two hours prior to kick off and closes up to 2 hours after the final whistle.   Note that some of this car park's surface is gravel.

 

Park and Ride

The Swansea visitors guide mentions the Felindre and Ride which is located (and signposted) off Junction 46 of the M4.   The cost is £10 a vehicle.  This Park and Ride opens two hours prior to kick off and closes up to 2 hours after final whistle.  www.footballgroundguide.com indicates that away supporters have their own buses from the Park and Ride to the stadium and that the buses will be waiting outside the away end at the end of the game.

 

Disabled Supporters Parking

Parking is available in the North Car Park which is located opposite the Croeso North Stand.  This car park is accessed via Brunel Way (if you are arriving on the A4067 drive past the ground on your right and turn left at the roundabout on to the A4127. Bear left into Brunel Way). There is step-free access throughout the car park and blue badge bays are available for both home and away fans.  Spaces are available, subject to availability, at a cost on £10.

www.footballgroundguide.com indicates that spaces must be booked in advance.  For more information contact Swansea City’s Disabled Liaison Officer Andrew Williams via e-mail at accessibility@swanseacityfc.co.uk.

 Alternatively, you can contact ITFC by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

 

Train

There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London route on the day of the match.  Note, that, if you are staying in Swansea on Saturday night, there are buses from Ingatestone to Ipswich on Sunday 7 October.

Trains to Swansea are out of Paddington so from Liverpool Street you need to take the underground round to Paddington.  There is no Hammersmith & City line that weekend, but there are Circle Line services, normally every 10-12 minutes.  It may be quicker to take the Central Line to Oxford Circus and change to the Bakerloo line for Paddington.   Alternatively take the Metropolitan Line to Baker Street and change on to the Bakerloo line to Paddington. 

The journey time from Ipswich to Swansea is around 5 hours 30 minutes.

After the game www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates trains from Swansea at 17:29 (note this is quite tight given the distance from the station to the ground) and 18:29 which will get you back to Ipswich at 23:08 (22:00 from Liverpool Street) and 00:36 (the 23:02 from Liverpool Street) respectively.  Because of connection times, the 19:29 will only get you back as far as Colchester.  Note that because of the way www.greateranglia.co.uk allows for connection times there may actually be other options, subject to any ticket restrictions – for example, the 17:29 arrives at Paddington at 20:39 so at a push you may make the 21:30 to Ipswich.

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes.

 

Getting to the ground from the station

a)     Walking from Swansea station

Swansea train station on the High Street is about 1.4 miles from the stadium.  To walk will take around 30 minutes.  From the station there are two main options.  The first is along Neath Road and the B4603. As you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street.  Turn right into Prince of Wales Road.  Turn right at Bethesda Street and follow the road until it meets the B4603.  Turn right onto the B4603/Neath Road.  Carry along Neath Road until you see the stadium.  

 

The second is along Morfa Road.  This takes you along the opposite side of the railway to the previous route.  Turn right out from the station.  At the roundabout take the second exit (going round the roundabout anti-clockwise).  You will walk above the railway lines and then turn left into the Strand.  Turn left into New Cut Road and shortly after take a right onto Morfa Road. Follow the Morfa Road until you see the stadium.

 

b)     Taxi

A taxi from the railway station will cost around £7.  It is well worth considering if you are in a group.

 

c)     Bus

There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the stadium.  The number 4, 4A and X50 buses leave from Swansea bus station or the Railway Station.  Swansea City advise that the fares are £2.80 (single journey) or £4.90 (return journey).   Last time we went to the Liberty Stadium, special buses were in the away end compound after the game waiting to take Town fans back to the station.

 

Pubs

It has been too long since we last went pubbing in Swansea to be able to give reliable personal information, so the following suggestions are taken from the excellent, and usually reliable, www.footballgroundguide.com

Closest to the ground are the Frankie & Benny’s and the Harvester, next to the stadium itself.  Then there is the Plough & Harrow about a 10 minute walk from the stadium on Llangyfeleach Road.  There is also a microbrewery called “Boss Brewery”, even closer to the stadium, at 176 Neath Road.  Otherwise, there are a number of options in the city centre, including around the railway station.  As always, we would suggest that if the first pub you try isn’t particularly away-friendly, then it is worth moving on. 

 

Any food outlets near the ground?

There is a Frankie & Benny’s and Harvester next to the stadium.  Across the river at the Morfa Retail Park is a KFC & Pizza Hut, as well as various coffee options, and a café in the Morrisons supermarket.  This retail park is a short walk from the stadium, so all the outlets do get very busy pre-match.  www.footballgroundguide.com mentions a “nice chippy” opposite the stadium called ‘Rossi’s’.

 

Cashpoints

The nearest cash machine is located in the Harvester restaurant, but a small fee will apply. Otherwise Morrisons Supermarket is a short walk at the Morfa Retail Park and no fees will apply for use of their cash machine.

 

At the ground

Here to Help

Easily spotted by their 'Here to Help' tabards, Swansea City’s customer service hosts will be around the stadium.   Armed with useful information, they are readily available to answer queries, give directions, provide information on transport or report any issues.

 

Tickets on the day?

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game about one or two days prior to the game.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

 

Away end

We will be in the North Stand Upper which is also known as the Croeso Stand.  Croeso means welcome in Welsh.  It is a good view, reasonable legroom, and there is plenty of height between the rows. 

 

Disabled Supporters

On a matchday, dedicated disability liaison stewards are available to answer any questions that you may have to help improve your visit.  These stewards can be clearly identified by their green jackets – if you want to arrange for one as your point of contact prior to your visit, please email accessibility@swanseacity.com or ring  01792 616600.

Wheelchair users will be located with the away fans.  If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

 

Accessible Toilets

Access to the accessible toilets is via radar key. 

 

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

 

Programmes

Swansea City’s matchday programme ‘Jack Magazone’ can be purchased from around the ground for £3.

 

Food and Drink facilities

A wide variety of food and drink will be on sale from the concourse concessions.   Accepted payments are contactless cards, card (chip and pin) or cash.

Note that the two mobile catering trailers outside the stadium are cash only.

 

Smoking

The Liberty Stadium is a smoke-free stadium and in accordance with their ground regulations, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in the stadium.

 

Behaviour

Racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is not tolerated by Swansea City and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the ground.  If you witness any inappropriate behaviour please speak to a steward.  If this isn’t a suitable option Swansea City can be contacted after the game on 01792 616634 or by email on info@swanseacityfc.co.uk with as much information as possible about the incident including seat number and description of those involved.