Leeds United have been handed a major boost over their plans to expand Elland Road.
Leeds had originally planned to expand the capacity of Elland Road to 50,000 whilst also relocating the Thorp Arch academy to a former high school site close to the site of their stadium.
However, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have changed these plans as they look to expand Elland Road into a 55,000 seater stadium by expanding into the space at the Fullerton Park site next to the stadium.
And now, writing on Twitter, Leeds Live’s Beren Cross said: “Elland Road went one step closer to 55,000 seats today. Councillors today agreed in principle to shift Fullerton Park plans to derelict Holbeck school site, thus making space for Leeds to expand. #lufc”
Cross’ latest update is an exciting one for Leeds fans who will be no doubt desperate to see Elland Road grow into one of the largest stadiums in English football to match its rich history.
At its current capacity of 37,792, Leeds have the 11th biggest stadium in the Premier League, behind the likes of Everton and Aston Villa.
However, the proposed increase at Elland Road to something around 55,000 would see them hover around the top-five, with champions Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium currently seating 55,017.
Not only would a bigger Elland Road mean more fans be allowed in to watch their team play, but it would also be a statement of ambition that Leeds mean business and are intent on bridging the gap to the Premier League’s elite.
Leeds fans will be ecstatic to hear the news that councillors have agreed to allow space for the club to finally expand their stadium.
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