By Mark Smith

6th Dec, 2021 | 8:10pm

Phil Hay shares if 49ers will kickstart Elland Road development ahead of Leeds takeover

Phil Hay has shared that the 49ers Enterprises could kickstart the development of Elland Road as they start to take full control of Leeds United.

It was widely reported on Monday (6th December) that the NFL consortium have the option to complete 100% control of the Whites before 2024.

Hay shared that Leeds have always scheduled to have their planning sorted and building work started on the stadium before then too.

Speaking on BBC West Yorkshire Sport, Hay shared the latest with the goal always set to start work within the next two years.

“It feels as though it is going to fall into that timeframe,” he said. “The general consensus at Leeds is that they would like within the next two years for all the planning to be sorted for the stadium and the building work to be underway.

“It’s felt as if the development was planned regardless, but the 49ers and the group behind 49ers investment have been very involved in that and very interested in that development.

“This agreement with the 49ers includes absolutely everything.”

Here we go.

This is the news that everyone will have been wanting to hear, with Elland Road crying out for a development.

Taking the stadium from around 36,000 capacity to over 50,000 will be perfect and it will make matchday even more electric.

Not only that, but it will add to the matchday revenue that the club can earn every single week as they look to kick on.

The San Francisco 49ers are perfect for that too, with their Enterprises having experience of building The Levi’s Stadium back in 2014 and it cost over $1billion.

Elland Road being redeveloped will cost nowhere near that, but that is what everyone will feel like going into a changed stadium – we can’t wait already.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action