Elland Road is a football stadium in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which has been the home of Leeds United since the club's formation in 1919. The stadium is the 14th largest football stadium in England.
The ground has hosted FA Cup semi-final matches as a neutral venue, and England international fixtures, and was selected as one of eight Euro 96 venues. Elland Road was used by rugby league club Hunslet in the mid-1980s and hosted two matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Unusually for a turn of the century ground Elland Road is not built in the ‘English Style’ of four distinct stands located at each side and end of the pitch. Rather it has something of the more ‘Bowl Style’ to its design, particularly with the lower tier of the stands that runs uninterrupted around the stadium. Here’s a look at each section of the ground:
The North Stand - Better known by most as The Kop, The North Stand is where the Leeds United hardcore supporters tend to located themselves. It’s also called The Revie Stand in memory of Don Revie, the club’s most successful manager.
The East Stand - This stand runs along the side of the pitch and has two tiers that are separated by a row of executive boxes. It can hold over 15,000 supporters.
The South Stand - Modernised during the 2006-2007 season and also known as The Elland Road Stand because of its location by the street of the same name, this has two tiers which are separated by boxes.
The West Stand - The West Stand is also known as The John Charles West Stand, named in the honour of the former player in 2004.
Visiting supporters are situated at one end of the upper tier of the John Charles West Stand. Occasionally, for some local derbies, and well supported clubs, the whole of the West Stand upper is given to away supporters. The general allocation is 3,000. Views from here are very good and are pillar free, whilst the leg room and facilities are adequate.
The nearest pub is the Old Peacock which is just behind the South Stand. It is for home supporters only. The Dry Salters pub caters for both home and away fans, and is about a 10 minute walk away from the stadium. Leeds has a number of cracking places to go and enjoy a drink or two before the match:
Assembly Underground - Previously named Carpe Diem and better known as a venue for live music, it is now known as Assembly Underground and is a craft ale bar that also serves various types of street food.
Slug & Lettuce - This up market chain bar in Leeds is spread over two floors and has the city centre’s largest beer garden
The George - The George is a traditional style pub in the centre of Leeds with screens for showing multiple different sports, food served at lunchtimes and an outdoor terrace with seating for the summer.
Follow the A643 into Elland Road for the ground. Go down Elland Road past the ground on your right and the Old Peacock pub on your left, you will come to a couple of entrances to a couple of very large car parks.
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