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Leeds Edging Closer to Stadium Expansion

Leeds Edging Closer to Stadium Expansion

After years down England's football ladder, Leeds United are back competing in the Premier League, and plans are already in place to expand their famous Elland Road Stadium.

Plans were being considered before Leeds secured promotion back to the top tier in 2020, and with another season in the top flight assured, the club will now look to press forward with expanding this traditional stadium.

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Marcelo Bielsa and his players have been ruffling feathers in the Premier League this season with their attacking brand of football. After a thrilling 4-3 opening game loss to Champions Liverpool, the Yorkshire side have regularly featured on sites where people can watch football online, with the Premier League highlighted as one of the most popular options worldwide. Now, to reflect this, the club's hierarchy has been working to develop plans to expand Elland Road.

Leeds' managing director Angus Kinnear has revealed the club already had ambitions to expand the West Yorkshire ground when they were in the Championship. However, the financial boost that playing regular Premier League football provides is what's needed to really take the next step in the development. With Leeds set to play in the top flight again next term, it looks like the club have taken a big step closer to their ambition of bringing Elland Road up to the 21st century.

Leeds Want "World-Class" Stadium

With ambitious majority owner Andrea Radrizzani at the helm, there are exciting times ahead for the club as they look to expand Elland Road to potentially a 50,000 seater stadium. The club has already secured investment from NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, and that partnership has helped Leeds put out a competitive team on the field.

Investment will also be key for the expansion of Elland Road from its current capacity of around 35,000. The Beeston-based stadium, which was formerly known as the Old Peacock Ground, has been the home of Leeds United since their foundation in 1919. Leeds fans will welcome the news that it's plans for expansion that are being proposed, rather than moving to a brand new stadium in a different part of the city.

Speaking about the project, Kinnear has said the club “should have a world-class stadium for a world-class team”. The west and north stands are the ones that are being looked at for development, in a bid to match the towering east stand. For a team that sold out almost every game in their last season in the Championship, expanding Elland Road is vital.

If Leeds can continue to improve on the field, and establish themselves once again as a regular feature in the Premier League, then it won't be long until the club's fans and travelling supporters can enjoy a revamped version of this traditional English ground.

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