Elland Road is an iconic football stadium and is home to Leeds United Football Club. The ground has been the home of Leeds since their formation in 1919, and is the 13th largest football stadium in England.
The layout of the stadium is rather lop-sided, due to re-developments which have taken place over the last few decades. Elland Road stadium is enclosed from all sides, it currently has four stands, these are the “Revie Stand”, which is at the north end of the ground, the large East Stand, the South Stand and the main John Charles Stand.
The Revie Stand was previously known as “the Gelderd End” or the “Kop” and was originally a standing terrace. It was converted into an all seater stand and was renamed in 1994 in honour of Leed’s most successful manager and former player, Don Revie. The current capacity of the stand is around 7,000, and it holds some of the most vocal and die-hard home supporters.
Attached to the Revie Stand is the biggest stand in the ground, this is the East Stand. With a capacity of about 15,000, this stand is the most recently constructed in the stadium. It is a two-tiered structure and was built in the 1992–93 season at a cost of £5.5 million. Sandwiched in between are 25 executive boxes and a large concourse with merchandise outlets, food shops, betting booths and a restaurant.
Opposite the East Stand is the John Charles Stand. This was originally known as the “West Stand” until the fans demanded a tribute to former player, John Charles, following his death in February 2004. It is currently the oldest stand at Elland Road, having been built in 1957. It has a current capacity of around 11,000 seats. It also houses the commentary gantry, TV personnel. radio and press. The West Stand is also the location for the tunnel, dressing rooms and the directors’ box.
Also housed in the John Charles Stand is the away supporters. Away fans are housed on one side of the Stand towards the South Stand, and can accommodate around 3,000 supporters. The seating is a mixture of old wooden and plastic seats, the leg room sparse, and unforunately there can be a restricted view in some parts, due to supporting pillars.
The concourse is actually decent, with plenty of Food on offer. This includes Cheeseburgers (£3.80), Burgers (£3.60), Steak Pies (£3.10), Chicken Balti Pies (£3.10) and Potato and Meat Pies (£3.10). (Correct at the time of publication)
If you don’t want to eat or drink inside of Elland Road itself, then luckily for you, on the corner of the South and West Stands is Howards, a dedicated bar for away supporters, this is a great plus point. This opens around two hours before kick off, and all you need to do, is show your away ticket to gain entry.
Elland Road Transport Links
Unfortunately one of the biggest drawbacks is the transport links, particularly by train. Leeds Railway Station is around a 35 minute walk from Elland Road. So it’s recommended to either take a taxi or use one of the shuttle buses, that run from near the station to the ground.
However travelling to Elland Road by car is actually fairly straight forward. If you’re driving from the south follow the M1 motorway and then onto the M621. You will pass the ground on your left and then you need to take the next exit from the motorway and turn left onto the A6110 ring road. Take the next left onto Elland Road for the ground.
From the north follow the A58 or A61 into Leeds city centre, then follow signs for the M621. Join the M621 and after one and a half miles leave the motorway at the junction with the A643. Follow the A643 into Elland Road for the ground. If you want to park near the stadium, just go under the railway bridge and you will find a few large car parks, which charge about £5 to park. Even though, these car parks are near to the stadium, traffic usually isn’t too bad after the match.
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