Ospreys

Ospreys

Stands:

Although only typically half-full, a very lively atmosphere can be created in the 20,000 all-seater Liberty Stadium.Hard-core Ospreylians are usually situated in the East Stand whilst the more corporate orientated supporter can enjoy the action from the many hospitality boxes, whilst munching on one of Peters Pies.

Setting:

Sitting on the banks of the River Tawe it is sometimes difficult to forget this is Swansea and not the Riviera. It is the retail park in which the stadium is located that tends to bring you to your senses.

Food:

Lots of different options, ranging from beer battered cod and chips or pizza just outside the ground at Frankie and Bennys on the aforementioned retail park, to a multitude of pubs in close proximity, with The Coopers being a particular favourite with home and visiting fans. The Region provides pre-match entertainment at the Supporters Village with local bands playing a variety of Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers and Feeder numbers whilst you enjoy local ales and the ubiquitous burger. For those wishing to mingle with the stars, there is the option of using the Supporters Club bar and chatting with the injured players which based upon recent history, equates to the majority of the squad.

Getting there:

Use the local buses or the services laid on by the Ospreys. If arriving from the West, take the M4 towards Swansea, leave M4 at Junction 45 and follow the signs for Stadium for approx. 6 miles. Car parking is available at the ground or in various side streets within walking distance
Archetypal local:
A good mix with men, women and children attired in a predominantly black Ospreys jersey dating from the mid noughties, with kids - post face painting - bearing an uncanny resemblance to Ozzie the Osprey. Although not an official statistic I believe a Barbour is yet to be seen at The Liberty.

Atmosphere:

Fantastic when sold-out and a good noise when half-full. Osprey fans are very passionate and welcoming with the only suggestion of tension being when our Scarlet friends from west of the Lougher Estuary visit for their annual humiliation.

Local expectations:

A more pragmatic outlook since the Galactico days of Jerry Collins, Justin Marshall et al. The Region has always developed young players that have gone on to represent Wales and the Lions but this has an even greater focus based on the current salary cap. Regardless, the Region somehow manages to compete with the best in Europe and has managed to win 4 Celtic League titles with seemingly our best performances reserved for the last game of the season at Leinster. Steve Tandy has introduced a no nonsense approach with the fans willing to back a group that may not win every game but are fully committed.

Banter:

Knowledgeable fans who love their rugby and always look forward to visits from the Tigers, Gloucester and the Scarlets.

Chants:

“Ole Ole Ole Ole Ospreys, Ospreys” remains in the top 2. Unfortunately by the time we have found something to rhyme with Kahn Fotuali’i he will have left for the Saints.

 

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