By Dave Woods

18th Oct, 2019 | 10:19am

Kinnear responds when asked if Radrizzani has plans for new Leeds stadium

Leeds chief Angus Kinnear has said that there would be no plans to build a new stadium under the current owners. 

Kinnear was talking at the Civic Hall as part of Leeds’ 100th birthday celebrations on Thursday.

He said there were plans to increase the capacity at Elland Road to 50,000 if the club was promoted to the Premier League.

When asked if there were any plans to build a new stadium, Kinnear said (as quoted by Leeds Live), “I don’t think it needs it because of the land around Elland Road, because of its proximity to the city centre and we think it’s the perfect place to have a ground.

“As well as the heritage, which would make it hard to move away, it’s actually a fantastic site for development and for modernising the facilities.”

Leeds are lucky here. Many clubs are forced to look elsewhere if they want to expand the stadium, but it doesn’t always work out for the best.

Coventry City moved out of their Highfield Road ground, packed tight in a residential area, to move to the Ricoh outside the city centre, but that’s now a soulless stadium on matchdays and owned by rugby club Wasps.

More recently, many West Ham fans bemoaned the move to the new London Stadium from Upton Park that saw fans sat a long way away from the pitch.

Tottenham fans, by contrast, are rather happier with their new stadium, which opened last season.

Andrea Radrizzani bought Elland Road back from private owners in 2017 and a new development taking it up to 50,000 would see it take its place in the Premier League elite.

We’re in no doubt that this is the right course of action and one that’s supported by the bulk of all Leeds fans.

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