Fans and businesses hail Swansea's first home game in the Barclays Premier League
Everyone's been joining in the praise for Swansea's debut on the world sporting stage
The first ever Barclays Premier League game to be staged outside of England attracted plaudits from fans as well as local businesses hoping to benefit from the UK and international exposure for the city.
Swansea Council, the Welsh Government and the Liberty Stadium pulled out all the stops to make the Swans' first home game in the world's richest football league something special.
Chris Holley, Leader of Swansea Council, who was at Saturday's game said the event was a terrific advert for the city and for Wales. He said: "A lot of work had gone into helping Swansea and Wales make the most of the Swans' first season in the Barclays Premier League.
He said: "The Council is focussing one of its key marketing campaigns, in London, the Midlands and the North West of England, taking advantage of the increased profile that we are getting to showcase what a fantastic destination Swansea and the surrounding area is.
"And of course the Croeso stand was seen on TV screens around the world, particularly when Swans' keeper Michel Vorm made that penalty save."
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Stephen Bradley, a Wigan fan who watched the game with friends from the Croeso Stand said local people were welcoming and said he thought the Liberty Stadium was definitely Premier League quality.
Paul Kendrick, Wigan Athletic reporter for the Wigan Evening News, said: "I had a fantastic weekend. I'd never realised Swansea was so beautiful with a bay and so many beaches. I'd been to South Wales before, but never further west than the Millennium Stadium.
"Swansea came as a real surprise. Some of the scenery is jaw-dropping and I've already spoken with my family about spending a few days in the city once again sometime in the next month.
"I'd definitely recommend Swansea as a place where visiting Barclays Premier League fans should spend a few days in when their team's playing at the Liberty Stadium. It's got a lot to offer."
Swansea businessman Geoff Haden, who was at the game on Saturday, said there was a real buzz around the ground because of Swansea's Premier League home debut. He said the Croeso Stand along with the LED advertising boards made the stadium really stand out.
Mr Haden, who runs the Clyne Farm self-catering and outdoor activities centre was at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, added: "We had Wigan fans as guests this weekend and there's already a family from Sunderland booked in for next weekend. As we're heading for a Bank Holiday weekend there may well be more of them coming."
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