Swansea Council should pick up the pieces left by Cardiff’s refusal to provide a fan zone for the European Championships in France and work with the Liberty Stadium Company to provide one here instead, Welsh Liberal Democrats Councillor Peter Black has said.
The fan zone at the Millennium Stadium was a huge success during the Six Nations and enabled many fans who could not get tickets or afford to travel to enjoy the game in a big match atmosphere. Councillor Black has e-mailed the Council leader and relevant cabinet member to see if they are prepared to consider the suggestion and understands that the proposal is being looked into.
“Many football fans will not have been able to get tickets to go to France to see Wales play,” said Councillor Black. “Others may not have been able to get the time off or find the money to pay for travel, accommodation and tickets. It makes sense to bring the games to them in a venue like the Liberty Stadium if that is possible.
“The fact that Cardiff is not going to repeat the fan zone events they put on during the Six Nations also makes such a proposition more feasible. We will be the only game in town and are likely to attract fans into Swansea for our event.
“We are used to seeing good quality football in Swansea. What would be more natural that using the Liberty Stadium to extend that experience across the European Championships next month?”