Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear has made fresh comments about the potential development of Elland Road.
It was announced during the centenary celebrations back in October that the Yorkshire club had plans to expand the capacity of their stadium to 50,000 as part of a number of initiatives in partnership with Leeds City Council.
Elland Road’s current maximum capacity is 37,890–making it the 12th largest stadium in England and the fourth outside the Premier League.
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The planned expansion is understood to hinge on the Whites achieving promotion to the top flight of English football.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Leeds have the biggest attendance in the Championship–averaging 35,085.
In his programme notes ahead of the 2-1 win against Blackburn, Kinnear made a further reference to the potential expansion.
He said (quotes via Leeds Live): “Our average home league attendance this season is now at over a remarkable 35,000.
“This makes us head and shoulders the best attended club in the Championship and would rank us 11th in the Premier League, a position only constrained by a stadium not big enough to accommodate the demand from our superb support.”
The expansion appears to hinge on the Whites ending their 15-year absence from the Premier League and achieving promotion soon.
They seem well set to launch another promotion push this season and are sitting third after 16 games–two points behind league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side could go top of the Championship if they beat Luton Town after the international break–as long as results elsewhere go their way.
The expansion of Elland Road is undoubtedly something that will excite a lot of Whites supporters.
Kinnear’s latest comments appear to be another hint at the future development of the stadium.
The Yorkshire club will have to get out of the Championship first and though they’re well set to launch a serious promotion push in the second half of the campaign, there is still a long, long way to go.