Elland Road upgrade suffers delay, Leeds target West Ham clash for completion - report
Leeds United have had to complete a number of different upgrades at Elland Road after securing promotion to the Premier League.
Floodlights, the media section and even parts of outside the ground have had to be changed to meet the standards expected at the top.
Andrea Radrizzani and the Whites completed the upgrade of the East Stand floodlights before the Leicester clash, with the West Stand expected to be completed before Sunday’s game with Arsenal.
That isn’t the case though.
Jon Howe has reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the West Stand floodlights have been delayed.
It is suggested that steel pylons from China have not yet been delivered to West Yorkshire, and they are now targeting the West Ham clash in three weeks time to complete the final part of the upgrade.
Update on this: installation of floodlights has been delayed by the steel pylons coming from China😮and not arriving yet, so won't be ready for Arsenal game. Next target is West Ham on Dec 12th @LiamRotherforth @andrewMOT
— Jon Howe (@jonhowe1971) November 19, 2020
As Howe pointed out in an earlier tweet, the floodlights are three times brighter than the ones needed for the Championship.
There were a number of complaints towards the end of last season regarding their quality from the likes of Helder Costa – something that shouldn’t happen any more.
Along with this, Leeds are continuing to make changes outside of the ground too.
Howe also shared that the historic stairs linking the West Stand with the old training pitches-turned-car park have now been demolished.
This is in order to create an outside broadcasting compound for Premier League TV, another change Leeds needed to make.
Welcome back to the big time, where numerous changes need to be made.
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