By Dan Plumley

16th Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

We’re delighted to welcome football finance expert Dr Daniel Plumley as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United...

Leeds United could be set for a yearly uplift of around £7million should they expand Elland Road in the near future, according to Dan Plumley.

Andrea Radrizzani has recently confirmed that Angus Kinnear has initiated activities to fund the stadium expansion, with it set to cost more than £100million.

Finance Expert, Plumley, believes that if Elland Road is taken to 55,000 capacity, they could bring in up to £7million on ticket sales alone without considering the corporate potential.

“In terms of what it can do for Leeds, it depends with what you do with those seats,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“You can imagine there will be some revamp hospitality offer, some of that is likely corporate.

“If you look at it on an average level, and baseline numbers, it’s crude but they made £14million from the most recent season pre-COVID, that’s £750,000-per-match in the Premier League, if you do some division on that and look at Leeds selling out, you get to a figure of around £20-per-seat per-matchday, so add on another 17,000, that gets you to an additional £350,000, which would put your total matchday revenue to around £20-21million, which is £6-7million more.

“It assumes an average seat price across the board but with another 17,000 seats, you’re looking at £6-7million uplift per-season.”

Get it done.

Radrizzani and Kinnear have both made it no secret that this has always been the plan.

Bringing the West Stand level to the East Stand by adding another tier would bring plenty of opportunities outside of just capacity too, with sponsors and corporate deals adding more financial possibilities.

Kinnear previously admitted that staying in the Premier League for numerous seasons would need to happen first, and as the Whites start their third consecutive year at the top, it looks as though plans are being put into place already.

It won’t happen midway through the season, but all eyes could now start to wonder to next summer with construction having a high chance of starting should we stay up yet again and push forward.

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