Leeds United’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, has announced plans for the club to expand Elland Road, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.
It is suggested that the stadium’s capacity will be increased from 37,890 up to around 50,000. The announcement came at a civic reception in the city as the Whites celebrated their 100th birthday since forming in 1919 (via Leeds Live).
In an image shown at the reception (via Leeds Live), it seems that it will be the West Stand which will be extended to match the same capacity as the East Stand.
Speaking about the potential expansion plans, Kinnear said (via Leeds Live): “Part of it is around the stadium and taking our stadium up to 50,000 and turning it into a true ground which can compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”
Kinnear also confirmed that the plans are dependent on the club being promoted to the Premier League, where he believes they could sell out (via Graham Smyth).
They currently sit in fifth place in the Championship after 11 games, picking up 20 points and sitting just two adrift of leaders West Brom (via BBC Sport).
Naturally this news saw plenty of Leeds fans getting excited, here is how some of them reacted on Twitter…
— DazzlerLUFC 💙💛 (@DazzlerLUFC) October 17, 2019
Imagine the noise
— Lee Turner (@leevan2806) October 17, 2019
— Michael Lavine (@TigerPeacock) October 17, 2019
Things you love to see.
— SWhite (@ScottWaccoeLUFC) October 17, 2019
Get in Leeds!!! 💛💙
— Russell Crossland (@ruscal82) October 17, 2019
I’ve always believed this is the right step forward….if Leeds get it the right the potential is enormous…..one club city with a massive fan base.
— Neal Holmes (@nealholmes62) October 17, 2019
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Wow cmon Leeds we will soon be competing with the best
— david mcginlay (@daveedomcgin) October 17, 2019