Paraag Marathe drops hint about building new Leeds stadium
Leeds United vice-chairman Paraag Marathe may have hinted that he wants to oversee the construction of a new stadium for the club.
Elland Road has served as the home of Leeds since their formation in 1919 and remains one of the biggest football stadiums in the country with a capacity of 37,890.
However, Marathe sounds as though he would like to see a new stadium built for the Whites after overseeing San Francisco 49ers’ move to 68,500-seater Levi’s Stadium in 2014.
Speaking to ESPN, Marathe said: “Leeds today reminds me of the 49ers 15 years ago.
“Both teams with a great fanbase and history. The 49ers had such great success in the 80s and 90s, like Leeds in the 70s, and both were struggling a little bit on and off the pitch and the 49ers were playing, at the time, at the oldest un-renovated stadium in the NFL.
“We built a new stadium, which completely transformed our franchise and it’s the same thing that we want to do here at Leeds.”
Huge plans for a huge club
If Leeds ever do move on from Elland Road, it will be a sad day but we’re happy that Marathe is thinking about stuff like this.
It shows that there’s a long-term vision in place in the Leeds boardroom. It also shows a lot of ambition and asserts the fact that there’ll be plenty of investment at the Yorkshire club in the coming years.
Elland Road is a very old stadium.
Seats are rammed close together and let’s face it, a refurb wouldn’t go amiss.
Uprooting and moving to a new location would be a very big undertaking because Elland Road is in a very good location and Leeds are planning on building a new training ground nearby.
If there’s a new stadium built then it could be on the same plot of land but we’ll have to wait and see how this pans out.
It could be something that never happens or it could be something we might see progress on in the coming years.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in talks over an end-of-season swoop for this top-flight ace.