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ELLAND ROAD
 
Elland Road has been a League ground for 115 seasons;
from July 1st, 1920 to the current day ,
from July 1st, 1905 to October 1st, 1919 .

Elland Road was the 76th
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 37,697

Year opened 1904

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
This venue, originally known as The Old Peacock Ground and first used by Holbeck RLFC in 1896, was acquired by Leeds City FC in 1904. The facilities, at this point, consisted of stands on both sides of the pitch but within one year these had been demolished and a new 5,000 seat stand constructed on the south side with banking provided around the other three sides. The pitch was 115 x 73 yards and the potential capacity of the stadium was 22,000.
 
In 1906 an extra four acres of land at the north end of the site was purchased enabling the ground to be turned through 90o, the former main stand now occupied the south end, and a new main stand was built on the west side. The pitch measured 125 x 85 yards and additional banking raised the nominal capacity of the ground to 45,000. Leeds City FC folded in 1919 and the ground was taken over by Yorkshire Amateur FC, an amateur club, for a short while until Leeds United FC was formed.
Considerable alterations were made up to WWII with the replacement of the stand at the south end, extension of the roof over the paddock on the west side, expansion of the north end and enlargement and covering of the east side.

The main stand burned down in 1956 and was replaced with a 4,000 seat stand fronted by a paddock with standing accommodation for 6,000 but it was not until after the record attendance of 59,892 was set at the FA Cup 5th Round Replay v. Sunderland (1-1) on March 15th, 1967 that the major post war re-development of the ground took place. In 1968 the north end terrace was removed and a new propped cantilever stand built some 60 feet further north allowing for the later re-siting of the pitch to accommodate a new propped cantilever stand at the south end which was subsequently completed in 1974. During this period stands were also constructed in the north east, northwest and south west corners but it was not until 1991 that the south east corner was similarly treated.

The final development came in the 1990s with the construction of a 17,000 seat stand on the east side and conversion of all standing areas to seating giving a capacity of 40,296 at the start of the 2007/8 season. The pitch size was 117 x 76 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Elland Road, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES
Main phone number: 0871 334 1919
Ticket office: 0871 334 1992
Ticket prices: Adults: Ł29 (B Ł24) (C Ł18) Over 60's: Ł19 (B Ł17) (C Ł14), Under 16's Ł15 (B Ł12) (C Ł10)
 
If driving to ground: From The North West Take the M62 to Junction 27, and then follow signs for the M621. Join the M621 and after one and a half miles leave the motorway at the junction 2 with the A643. Then at the roundabout take the third exit into Elland Road Go down past the ground on your right and the Old Peacock pub on your left, you will come to a couple of entrances to a the large car park which cost Ł5. From The South Follow the Motorway M1 to Junction 47 and then onto the M621 and come off at junction 2 take the first exit at the roundabout. You will pass the ground on your left and there are entrances on either side to a couple of very large car parks (Ł5).
 
If using Public Transport: Leeds train station is around a 35 minute walk from the station take one of the shuttle buses or walk come out of the back entrance of the car park and follow the road around to the left into Neville Lane and walk across the bridge that spans the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the next junction turn left into Water street and cross the road and turn back into Neville Street and continue down Victoria Street follow the road on to Meadow Road and then take Pedestrian and cycle path at Junction 3, this will take you on to Holebrook Road. Then walk across the park into Top Moor Road and continue over the bridge and the first junction after the bridge turn into Elland Road and follow it up keep on after the junction the ground is on the right. The shuttle a bus cost Ł2.50 return and leaves from Sovereign Street opposite the Hilton Hotel (on Neville Street) you will get the bus to take you to the ground, about a two minute walk from Leeds train station. The buses drop you off at the ground on Lowfields Road, next to the South Stand and just walk round to the John Charles Stand for neutrals and
 
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