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Ground guide – Elland Road

Tenants – Leeds United

Capacity – 40,242 (all seated)

Address – Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES

Year Opened – 1897

Former Names – Old Peacock Ground

A fews years ago Elland Road would be used to welcoming the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Nowadays Hereford, Cheltenham and Crewe all make travel to Leeds after their fall from grace. Nevertheless there is no doubt that the Whites are a Premiership club and they have a stadium suitable for the top flight in the shape of Elland Road.

The huge East Stand towers over the pitch which holds around 17,000. In recent times this has usually been closed but does open for bigger games.

The stadium is beginning to show some wear and tear but in my opinion this adds that little bit of character. One good point is that the stadium is enclosed which means a great atmosphere can be generated when full.

All in all a trip to Elland Road is a great day out and one that many a fan will be really fired up for.

Here is a little bit more information you may want.

  • Are Leeds fan violent? Should I bring my baseball bat?

They’re the same as most fans, unless provoke you might want to leave that baseball bat at home. As always once one or two have had drink and their side is losing yes, trouble is more likely to occur. But if you keep your wits about you, you’ll be fine.

  • What’s the ground like for parking?

There are one or two large car parks situated right outside the ground but are quite expensive at around £5. A little further away from the ground, nearer to the Drysalters pub is a small industrial estate off a roundabout where street parking is available. This is about a 15 minute walk from the ground. Otherwise street parking nearer the ground is restricted to permit holders.

  • It’s a massive day out for me, I’m a York City fan. What’s the away allocation like?

The away section is located in the South East corner of the South stand and the view from here is quite good. Up to 1,800 visiting supporters can be housed here with this allocation open to extension for big games. Leg room is quite sparse and some of the facilities look worn and old.

  • What are the police like at the games?

There is usually a large police presence in and around the ground. After most game horses and vans surround the away end in case of any bother. The police are generally quite strict so be on your best behavior.

  • Me and the lads are after a beer. Where can we go?

There are a few pubs around the ground, the main one being the Old Peacock. This is a home fans only pub so should be avoided. The Drysalters is another pub near the ground and usually has a good mix of home and away fans with a large TV screen available. Beer is also sold inside the ground and the ques at the bar go down quite quickly.

  • Where can I grab a burger?

There are plenty of mobile food vendors on the way to the stadium. There is also a fish shop, McDonalds and Subway within a stones throw of the ground. Food is also sold inside the ground with pies and a variety of sweets available.

  • Next time we come to Elland Road we are thinking of coming on the train. How far away is the station?

The train station is based right in the city centre and is probably too far to walk. On most matchdays a special bus service is provided which takes you directly from the station to the ground and usually costs around 70p.

  • How much is the matchday programme?

A programme will set you back £3.

Video – Leeds fans prepare for another game with Marching on Together


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