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The ground is looking very old. the stewards are the worst i have ever seen they are so one sided its unbelivable. Doncaster fans are very good people and never any trouble but i think the stewards try to insite trouble. just down from me there were 5 to 600 leeds fans standing all thoughout the game and not one word said yet if a rovers fan was standing for more than a min he was told he would be out. so its the last time i go here at £30 its not value for money and you are not made wellcome. Come to the keepmoat and all away fans stand with no stewards at them all the time, and its cheap. best thing that could happen is to pull the ground down and start again. good game and yes they did win well. dave
'Elland Road' is the home ground of Leeds United Football Club, who currently play their football in the English Football League One. Leeds are definitely a fallen giant as they have a tremendously proud history and were playing in the European Champions League just a few seasons ago, but this was before it all went wrong and the club were forced to sell their top assets including Harry Kewell, Robbie Keane, Mark Viduka, Paul Robinson, Alan Smith, Rio Ferdinand and Jimmy Floyd Hassellbaink!
In many ways the stadium represents what a great club Leeds are, yet you could also say it represents the struggle the club has gone through too as many of the stands and seating look aged and tired. At an all seated capacity of 39,401, Elland Road is a huge stadium in England (12th largest I believe) let alone League One where it is the largest by a long way. The ground was first built in 1897 and has undergone much redevelopment since then to bring it inline with modern stadia, the latest redevelopment took place in 2006.
The stadium all though completely enclosed is made up of four stands. The East Stand is by far the largest and the newest, built in 1992-1993 season. It is a two tiered stand with a row of executive boxes separating the two tiers and has a capacity for 17,000 supporters; it's huge and is the centrepiece of the stadium. The next largest stand is The John Charles Stand which has the capacity for 11,000 supporters, again fairly large. Leeds have a habit of naming things after former great players and managers and this is proven with the next stand. The Revie Stand is named after the great 'Don Revie' who marched Leeds to the title and went onto manage England. Away supporters are generally located in the South Stand, the smallest of the stands at 5000 capacity.
I have visited Elland Road only once about three years ago, but would love to go back as the atmosphere was incredible and you get a real sense that the club are a true sleeping giant. I have no doubt that they will be back in the big time before too long. The ground although extremely large for the league they currently play in, is beginning to show its age.
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As a Swindon Town fan, I have had the pleasure of visiting Elland Road for the last two seasons and on both occasions, have Swindon not managed to come away with all 3 points!
The ground by foot is relatively easily accessible as there are footpaths linking it to the town centre. We stayed in Bewleys hotel and found no problems reaching the ground from there in approximately 15 minutes.
The ground from the outside is ok, nothing fantastic but a traditional exterior unlike some newer designs such as the Madejski Stadium in Reading. From an away fans perspective, the concourse is rather shabby. The concrete interior is less than inviting and the small food kiosk takes significant time to get to the front!
We spend the whole duration of half time in the queue only to get to the front to find out they had complete ran out of pies! This was somewhat concerning considering the away capacity was significantly larger than the number of away fans we took.
The away fans are housed in one corner of the Stadium and the view isn't too bad. The stewarding however leaves a lot to be desired with some unecessary heavy handling toward a population of fans standing at the back.
Elland Road certainly isn't the most friendly Stadium I have ever visited and there is of course, a high police presence and was on both occasions we visited. I won't rush to go back, however unfortunately as Leeds are still struggling to surface from the 3rd tier of English football, it looks likely another trip will beckon this coming season!
As a passionate fan of Doncaster Rovers, for years I found it difficult to imagine me ever going to Elland Road to watch them play Leeds United, but last year that particular wish came true. The anticipation was much more than a local rivalry, it was more to do with finally visiting a ground of Premier League history on a level playing field.
The first thing you notice as you walk up to the ground is the massive cantilever stand that runs along the long side of the pitch. It looked impressive and felt Premier League. However, the exterior of the rest of the ground certainly didn't look Premier League. The structure looked old and tired in places, but obviously steeped in tradition and was a hive of activity as kick off loomed on the horizon. The statue of the late great Billy Bremner was good to see as he was a Rovers legend as well as a well known Leeds legend.
The ticket prices were a little steep considering that the match was in League 1 and not the Premier League that they were used too, but I would have been happy to pay 4 times that amount as a one off for this one.
Once inside the ground I found the atmosphere to be exceptional, even well before kick off. I know it was a big local derby but the noise carries ever so well in the ground so I can well imagine that it is always loud there. Our end was naturally full for such a huge match and, despite this, the concourse had plenty of room for us all, the kiosk queues were not too bad at all and the leg room once sat down was more than satisfactory. I wasn't too keen on the drinks and food selections on offer but the prices were not too bad so no major gripe there.
The pitch for the match was in perfect condition and the stewards were very friendly, despite obviously being Leeds fans and secretly loathing us. Good job we felt the same way. The tannoy system and match host was impressive and there was lots going on before the game and at half time to keep you entertained.
The atmosphere and sheer size of the stadium has lent itself to some huge concerts there in recent years and was a great venue for the huge Kaiser Chiefs homecoming concert last summer.
Putting my obvious rivalry feelings aside for one moment, I have to say that Elland Road deserves to host Premier League football and I am sure it will do again soon.
As my partner is a Leeds United fan and I live and work in Leeds I have visited Elland Road on several occasions, and whilst it is seeped in history and tradition, I can't help but think that a complete face lift is required to bring the tired looking stadium into the 21st century.
Elland Road is situated in the Beeston Area of Leeds and is accessible from Junction 2 and 3 of the M621, however I would recommend leaving your car at home on a match day, or parking about a mile away to avoid the awful congestion that occurs before and after the match.
I have sat in all but the West Stand at Elland Road, and in all of the stands there is very little leg room making sure there is no comfort at all unless you stand up, and then when you stand up you have over excitable stewards threatening to throw you out.
The concourses in the North and South stands are small meaning that they get cramped quickly at half time and doing simple things like going to the toilet can be difficult. This is completely different in the East Stand, which is the newest of the stands at Elland Road. The concourses are massive, and there are covered area's outside which have tables and chairs should you wish to sit and have something to eat or drink. There are plenty of snack bars available for hot food, bars for alcoholic drinks and then tuck shops for sweets, along with numerous vending machines meaning you can get served quite quickly. The prices are pretty reasonable too. There is also a small club shop inside the East Stand for those wanting to purchases memorabilia, there is a large store on the corner of the South & East Stands which has a very large range of things to buy!
On a good day, the atmosphere at Elland Road can be brilliant, however, now that Leeds Uniteds glory days are behind them its more likely to be flat, especially when the stadium is half full, although you have to give credit to the many thousands of fans who still go despite them playing in the third tier of English football.
One other thing to add is that the ticket prices are very high for the standard of football that is on show.
Elland road for those that do not know is where a Northern football team called Leeds United play their home games. It has been their home ground for over 100 years (including when they were called Leeds City football club). Talk is Leeds will be moving to another purpose built stadium in the near future. Lets first look at the current stadium and what it has to offer. Location The ground is situated in the Beeston area of Leeds. This is around 30 mins walk from the city centre or 5 mins in a cab. On a match day there are special buses running from the railway station in the centre of town to the ground. It costs £1.50 return or £1.00 single. The ground is also very close to the motorways A1/MI and runs by the side of the M62. The parking provision is excellent. Parking space is provided for approx. 4000 cars around the stadium and there is plenty more space within walking distance at the top of Beeston hill. Coaches for away supporters can park in the main car park opposite the stadium (with good police protection just in case). Its one of the most accessible football stadiums around and very easy to find whichever part of the country your coming from. Surrounding the stadium is mainly industrial buildings and some houses at the south side across the main road. Close to the stadium Shops outside Elland road – Very close to the stadium is a United Chippy, two Newsagents, five pubs within 5 mins walk, a travel shop, and around 15 burger / food bars on match days. Add to this the Leeds United superstore, which is absolutely massive and is open 9-6 each day including match days. As you can guess, getting food or drink outside the stadium is not a problem. Rarely do you encounter long queues here and with plenty of choice, people seem to be rather happy with the current set-up. Recently Leeds United added a statue of Billy Bremner in the SE corner just outside the ground. This seems to be a
meeting point to many and a photo opportunity for visitors (The East stand looming behind the statue is such a great site and one Billy would be proud of). Stadium facts Elland road holds 40,000 people when full to capacity. The breakdown of each side is as follows: North stand – Otherwise know as the KOP. A Once famous all-standing area it is now seating only. This is where the hardcore Leeds supporters sit. The songs normally start in the Kop and some see this area as the most important in the stadium. It can lift the team so much when the Kop starts chanting, sucking the ball into the goal. The capacity for this stand is now around 7,000. The facilities have improved a lot here but its still remains a shabby stand with dirty toilets and concrete everywhere! I must take my hat off though; I did notice a few TV’s around the stand for spectators to watch at halftime. East stand – The biggest cantilever stand in Europe with a capacity of 15,000. The front section is the clubs family stand. This area is great for the family and a non-swearing policy is always enforced so beware. The family stand offers great value for family tickets; typically 2 adults and 2 children can watch a league game for less than 60 pounds. The top of the east stand is very high up. Over 300 steps and you reach the top section where you are greeted with one of the best views around. This stand was built in the 90’s and funded by Leeds United bondholders. It shows because the facilities and toilets are A+ standard, merchandise outlets, food shops, betting booths can all be found here along with a sit down restaurant. South Stand – 6,500 capacity and normally reserved for the away supporters. No wonder, it’s the poorest stand in the ground and relatively unimpressive. Rebuilt through the 90’s the facilities are basic but adequate for a football stadium (and those away supporters he he). The main feature of
this stand is the rows of executive boxes at the top of the stand. West stand – 12,000 capacities and the main stand. This is where the players enter the pitch from and where all the important people sit (with lots of money). The cost of tickets for this stand can be rather pricey and the atmosphere can tend to be rather poor. The facilities are average much like the kop. On the back of this stand is the banqueting suit, which is actually very large. This plays host to many functions and always popular for charity events and after dinning speakers Each stand is covered with a roof. But it seems at the front of the stands you can still get wet if the wind blows the wrong way. Poor them. The lighting for the stadium is excellent. Gone are the traditional floodlights in come a new lighting system that has small lights placed around the roofs of the stands. The stands are very close to the pitch, which is typical of many other English stadiums. This means the atmosphere can be electric, the noise can radiate around the ground and because there are very few gaps (apart from the SW corner where the scoreboard is) in the stadium. There are two scoreboards at Elland road. The main one is in the SW corner and cost around 750,000 three years ago. It is basically a massive TV, which shows interviews, replays and match stats for everyone to see. The other scoreboard hangs over the Kop and brings back nasty memories from the 70’s. Basically it can display the score and that’s about it. Costs I have briefly mentioned the cost to get to watch Leeds United, but it’s worth summarising. Match day tickets range from £20-£35. Leeds often reduces ticket prices for cup competitions. Early Champions league games were £10 and this year initial UEFA cup games will be priced at 12 pounds. Very reasonable for those unable to go to the league games. A pint of beer in the ground is £1.90 and a burger cost me £2.
70, a large snicker bar set me back 65 pence. The Leeds United program was priced at £2.50 last season but expect a small increase this season. Other bits and bobs (The Move) The current stadium has many excellent features, great location, 40,000 capacity and lots of history. The average attendance for a league game last season was 38,000. Just under the capacity. So why is there talk of moving away? Well to move to a location further away from the city would make financial sense. The current location would sell for a great deal of money and go along way to funding the next stadium. Sponsorship of a new stadium (Elland 'Toys’r’us Road!) Is being talked about similar and again this would generate vast sums. The current whisper is of a location at East Leeds close to Gartforth within spitting distance of the new A1/M1 link and 6 miles from Leeds city centre. To his credit the chairman has always kept the supporters informed of current talks and muted the idea around for some months now. The resistance is only natural by many of the fans. Me included, I love Elland road, watching Leeds winning promotion and then the First division, it makes me all shivery (is that a word?) just talking about it. But times are changing; football is more than a sport now. The money involved is massive and to keep up with the other big teams you need to generate as much income as possible through corporate sponsors and gate receipts. If they built a 70,000 capacity stadium with excellent facilities just of the motorway and called it after a big company it would still be ‘our’ home. We would still cheer out team and support them with all the passion that Elland road can conjure up. Other examples of such a move are Sunderland. Roker Park was famous and now who talks about anything but the great stadium of light? I don’t hear their fans complaining anymore. Whatever happens I
will always love Leeds United and support them. Thanks.
I am very worried with reports that Leeds may be looking to move out of Elland Road into another ground.In my opinion the only thing Leeds have got to show from the past, apart from trophies is Elland Road.It is our heritage and I would much rather the ground be modernised than us simply moving out. Our European campaign this year was unreal and it was an emotional experience, and I couldn't hear the commentaor speaking on the radio.This must have boosted the players and I don't think this atmosphere could be generated anywhere else, but Elland Road.
Elland Road in my opinion is one of the best stadiums in England. Its modern, holds a lot of people (40,000 I think) It makes many other teams stadiums look awful. I have had a tour around the stadium. I highly recommend you to do this whether you support Leeds or not. Elland Road is very easy to get to. Get off the M1 at the junction you would if going in to the centre of Leeds then just follow the signs.
There are (not surprisingly) four stands at Elland Road. Prices depend on what category the game is i.e you pay more to see Leeds probably lose to the scum than you do to see them stuff Ipswich 6-0, so thats a bit strange for a start? Also prices(2000/01 season) depend on where you want to sit. Easily my favorite spot is in the Kop (the North / Don Revie Stand), simply because the atmosphere is terrific. (Ends & Quadrants Adults £27.00 £24.00 £20.00 Concessions £18.00 £16.00 £14.00) The West Stand tends to be full of suits and old codgers with a flask of tea, and can be extemely quiet "can we hear the west stand sing, noo, noo!".(East & West Sides Adults £35.00 £30.00 £25.00 Concessions £23.00 £20.00 £17.00) The East Stand is an interesting one. The Upper stand seems to rise to about 14,000 feet and is quite good for when there's a lull in the action, since you can revert to watching the traffic along the M621 or planes on their way. (Family Stand Adults £35.00 £30.00 £25.00 Concessions £23.00 £20.00 £17.00 Children U16 £18.00 £15.00 £12.00 Family Packages N/A £65.00 £55.00) And what will we win this season? FA Cup, and about time too.
Well ok this might not be true, but you will have to go along way to find a football stadium that is more accessible to get to from all parts of the country. You coming up from london its right off the M1. You come from up'north its right off the M1-A1 link that has just been developed. Heading from (Manc Land) then the M62 heads right past the place. So what more do you need? Well once you get to the stadium theres lots of things to do. Visit the many pubs around it, go into the leeds superstore, look at the billy bremmner shrine!, got eating at the chippy, 3 newsagents. When you actually get into the ground its an awsome sight, the east stand overlooks the whole ground, europes largest of its type. This alone holds 15000 people, with the family stand located at the lower tier. Everywhere in the stands are shops, food stores, bettings outlets, min-bars, sweet shops, its all you could want now from a few hours out of the house. And to top it off the football team aint that bad, with a good atmosphere your virtually guarenteed a good day out