Leeds United fans are not best pleased by Andrea Radrizzani mooting the possibility of a new stadium being built within the next decade.
Speaking to Financial Times Live on Thursday, the Leeds owner shared his lofty ambitions for the Yorkshire club, claiming: “This club could become worth more than £1billion, I think. With a new stadium, increased revenue and a solid place in the Premier League.”
Athletic journalist Matt Slater reported on Radrizzani talking about the future of Leeds, adding that the Elland Road chief is planning for the next five to seven years when discussing the possibility of a new stadium.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen someone high up at Leeds discuss the possibility of a new stadium as 49ers chief Parag Marathe told ESPN earlier this month: “We (San Francisco 49ers) built a new stadium, which completely transformed our franchise and it’s the same thing that we want to do here at Leeds.”
Radrizzani has done an outstanding job as owner of Leeds, overseeing a return to the Premier League, an influx of top-quality players and, of course, the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as manager.
However, it does not sound as though he’d be too popular among fans if he opts to build a new stadium to replace the one he bought back a few years ago.
One Leeds supporter claimed he’d “riot” if the Whites ever left Elland Road.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Last thing I want is a new stadium 😩
— Beth (@bethgabriel_) February 18, 2021
Redevelopment of ER but not a new stadium
— Luc (@LUFCLDP1989) February 18, 2021
New stadium? Leave Elland Road and we riot imo.
— Glenn_Hall (@glennhall4lufc) February 18, 2021
Rather be in championship with Elland Road than winning CL with a soulless bowl. No thankyou. https://t.co/JAMDB7rJWK
— Sam Birdcage 🦛 (@SamBirdyy) February 18, 2021
New stadium. No thank you https://t.co/8cBGrc5PRU
— JWC. (@TheJackyCalv) February 18, 2021
Whilst I agree, didn't the fan base vote to move before we were relegated? Seems strange to me but I think the majority were happy to go ahead with it then
— Neil A (@whatNeilSays) February 18, 2021
I’d much rather just expand and redevelop Elland Road personally, I guess the issue is what to do with the South Stand and the road? 🤷🏻♂️
— Paddy Miller (@padwar11) February 18, 2021
Elland Road has been the home of Leeds ever since the club was formed. Do we want to move away from it? No. But do we want to accept that we’re moving into a new era under Radrizzani? Yes.
Let’s face it, the stadium could do with updating. We’d be happy with some modernisation, which is what a lot of other clubs have done without moving home. Fulham are going through a similar process at the moment at Craven Cottage so maybe that’s also something that is on the cards.
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