Elland Road has been the spiritual home for Leeds United since their formation in 1919 and it has a capacity of 38,000 people.
Leeds United are the only football club in the city, and the Whites fans are considered as one of the most passionate fans in the entire country.
As Leeds are edging closer to securing promotion to the Premier League, some have touted the need for a bigger stadium to hold more fans. Leeds have a huge fan following, and surely, a 50,000 seater stadium would be brilliant for the club and the fans.
Premier League clubs like Tottenham Hotspur have built an impressive stadium last year over White Hart Lane. They now have a capacity of 62,000 making it one of the largest football stadiums in the country.
However, Leeds can take the approach of Liverpool who instead of constructing a new stadium, have found a way to expand the Anfield stadium.
Phil Hay of the Athletic, who has close links with the club, has suggested on Twitter that he will miss the ‘rough edge’ of Elland Road if ever Leeds decide to move into new ground.
Many Leeds fans have responded to his tweet, saying the club should consider a way to expand as Elland Road has been the soul of the club and the city, and that it would be hard to replicate the atmosphere it generates.
Went to Spurs v Boro in the cup to tick it off, the atmosphere was poor but there were a lot of one timers like me.full of newbie football fans as well.
— ChimayBielsa (@rgandy2_gandy) April 4, 2020
Thing is, if Leeds gets to premiership then another 20,000 fans wanting a seat, it’s inevitable they might look elsewhere for 60,000 stadium 👍
— Ingo (@ibrocksom) April 3, 2020
I’d love a Redeveloped Elland Road.
— Andy Dent (@Thedentsmaster) April 3, 2020
Elland Road does need redeveloping as parts of it are falling to bits. Even the East Stand is showing its age. But this can easily be achieved by building new stands with far greater capacity on the same footprint.
— Mark Hollings (@markydh) April 3, 2020
We will end up with a new ground in one form/location or another.
Most people don't want the (1970s) run down loos etc of certain parts of the ground and the future will arrive soon enough.
Hopefully the ground will be improved to a high standard so the 'feel' will always remain
— Gary James 🏆🏆🏆 (@thesexychoc69) April 3, 2020
Be careful what you wish for.
Spurs also got staff furloughed by a billionaire owner while CEO Levy is paid £7m a year.
— Martin Gilson (@Gilbo41) April 3, 2020
The big advantage ER has is the location (motorway networks), with the option to build a train station.
There's enough scope for ER to be redeveloped to suite all fan tastes. Learn from Liverpool and not the shiny waiting rooms of Arsenal & Spurs,
— Prince of Leodis 💛💙 (@RavReehal) April 3, 2020
Make the stadium bigger, keep it proper.
— Tom 🏴🇮🇪🇳🇿 in 🇹🇭 (@Loiner_1990) April 3, 2020
Elland road is the only place for us .
— Craig. (@bandforgood) April 3, 2020
Redevelop Elland Road. There’s not a new ground in England that has improved the atmosphere. Nearly all fans of teams playing in new grounds would go back to their original homes in a heartbeat.
— Robbie Hyett (@HyettRobbie) April 3, 2020
Just replicate the East Stand on the West, loads of room to build. Keep Kop and South Stand as they are as they are priceless. We don’t need more than 50k as club will always be up and down, it’s how we rolll. 22k in a new, soulless 60k bowl would be team and finance destroying.
— Phil Hardaker (@philjh1975) April 3, 2020
something close to that would be the plan tbf
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 3, 2020