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Last Updated: Friday, 23 July, 2004, 07:58 GMT 08:58 UK
Jackett lauds new stadium
Swansea's new stadium is taken shape
The new stadium is on schedule to be ready for next August
Swansea City manager Kenny Jackett has predicted "exciting times" for the club after taking his first look around their future 27m home.

The Swans will move from the Vetch Field - their home since the club turned professional in 1912 - to the newly built venue in August next year.

"No disrespect to the Vetch - where I made my Wales debut - but this is on a completely different level," he said.

"It doesn't guarantee success, but it gives us the platform to be a success."

He added: "What I like about it is that it's council funded. The board have had strong links with the council and it leaves a degree of financial stability at the club.

"You see some clubs who go into a new stadium these days struggle financially for four or five years. I don't think that will be the case for Swansea."

Construction work, which site managers say has gone at a "rapid" pace, is due to end at the end of the year.

We can't wait. It's something the supporters have deserved for many years
Swansea City captain Roberto Martinez
They say the interior work will be finished a few months into the new year, leaving the all-important playing surface as the final piece of the jigsaw.

The stadium, which will also be the new home for the Ospreys rugby side, had been given the temporary name of White Rock.

But council officials are urging fans to stop using that name. They want the stadium to be "clean" so that a new sponsor can then give it its own name.

"Sometimes names do stick and we want a completely blank slate," Jackett told BBC Sport. "So the White Rock has been dropped and now it's known as the New Stadium."

Swansea captain Roberto Martinez was equally impressed when he accompanied Jackett around the stadium.

"I can feel it already it's going to be a fantastic success for the city and everyone involved with the rugby and football clubs," he said.

"We can't wait. It's something the supporters have deserved for many years.

"We've got a great history at the Vetch but this stadium shows how we've developed and how bright the future is for the football club."





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