By Joe Ellis

23rd Mar, 2022 | 8:10pm

Leeds United have to expand Elland Road to host Euro 2028 games

Euro 2028 looks set to take place in the UK and Ireland and Leeds United will want to see games played at Elland Road throughout the tournament.

The Whites’ home is one of the most iconic grounds in the entire country but of those stadiums that are eligible to host games, it is only the 26th largest in the British Isles.

LeedsLive put together a list of the top 20 biggest grounds in the UK and Ireland to set the standards for where Elland Road might have to expand to in order to be selected.

The smallest of the 20 is Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork which holds 45,000 spectators and getting Leeds’ stadium to that size shouldn’t take a huge overhaul.

The club will never make a ground the size of Wembley or the Principality Stadium in Cardiff but they can expand the current stadium to the levels of Liverpool at around 52,000 if they get to planning quickly.

One thing that might go in their favour without the transformation is the location as no other Yorkshire club is mentioned on LeedsLive’s list.

The FA and UEFA will be keen to have a decent spread of locations across the UK and Ireland and Elland Road offers a superb option in the North of England even if there are bigger alternatives elsewhere.

London is a great example as there could be five stadiums capable of hosting games in the capital (Wembley, Twickenham, London Stadium, Emirates and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) but not all will be selected to spread the games around.

The only stumbling might be St James’ Park and the Stadium of Light, both of which exceed Elland Road’s capacity right now in the North East.

If the club wants the joy of hosting a Euro 2028 game or two, they have to invest in the stadium now to make sure of their place on the world stage.

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