Leeds United offer Elland Road as host venue for Community Shield
Leeds United have offered Elland Road as a host venue for next season’s Community Shield fixture with Wembley unavailable.
The season curtain raiser usually takes place at Wembley between the league champions and FA Cup winners, and is set to be held on July 31 2022 for next season.
However Wembley is unavailable on that date as it will hold the Women’s Euro 2022 final instead, and the Daily Mail are reporting that Elland Road was one of the frontrunners to stage the game.
However it’s now expected that the King Power Stadium will be the host for the game, which will see two of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea face off.
The Emirates Stadium, Villa Park and the London Stadium were also in the running but the FA have opted to keep it further north with two teams up north in contention to play.
No final decision has been made yet according to the report but despite Leeds being the frontrunners at one point, it’s expected that Leicester will now host the game.
It would have been nice for the fans of Yorkshire to get the chance to see a big game played at a historic stadium where they wouldn’t usually.
Leeds are a massive club with one of the better stadiums in the country, and you have to wonder whether or not the fact their Premier League status isn’t secured may have been a factor.
The Community Shield is usually a game that signifies the opening of the new season and despite it always being in London at Wembley, maybe it should go on tour permanently.
To give the fans all over the country a chance to see those big teams once a year would be a nice way to be more inclusive, especially if there isn’t a London club involved in the game.
The extra cash from the game would’ve been nice too, but now the club must focus on having these teams back to play in league games next year as part of the Premier League schedule.