Elland Road has been the permanent residence of Leeds United AFC since the club's foundation in 1919. The stadium is the 10th largest football stadium in England, and the largest ground outside the Premier League. The East Stand runs the length of the east side of the pitch and is the most recent stand in the stadium. On completion it was the largest cantilever stand in the world, holding 10,000 spectators in the lower tier and a further 7,000 in the upper tier. There are very few bad seats in the house and the passionate home support means there's very rarely a lack of atmosphere.
Visiting supporters are situated at one end of the upper tier of the John Charles West Stand. Occasionally, for some local derbies, and well supported clubs, the whole of the West Stand upper is given to away supporters. The general allocation is 3,000. Views from here are very good and are pillar free, whilst the leg room and facilities are adequate.
Elland Road seating plan:
The nearest pub is the Old Peacock which is just behind the South Stand. It is for home supporters only. The Dry Salters pub caters for both home and away fans, and is about a 10 minute walk away from the stadium. With the Old Peacock behind you, turn left and follow the road down to the very end. You will pass a number of entrances to car parks. Head under the railway bridge. At the end of the road turn left along the dual carriageway and the pub is a little further down tucked in on the left hand side.
Car parking is freely available at the stadium in two very large car parks across the road. These are priced at £5 per car but from experience can take a fair while to disperse if you're not quickly out of the stadium and back to your car. Car park A is advised as the easiest to escape from as the fans coaches are usually placed in there and therefore less traffic will be trying to escape at the same time as you.
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The nearest / closest train station to Leeds United's Elland Road stadium is Leeds. It is however, approximately 40 minutes by foot from the train station to the ground. You have a number of options though, such as, a taxi from the rank outside the station. This can cost approximately £6 but will get you there safely and quickly. Another alternative is to catch one of the bus services that run direct from the train station to the ground. The shuttle buses run from the street below so exit the station and cross over before taking the stairs down and the buses will be queued ready to go on the right hand side. The buses drop you off on the corner of the East and North stands.
Rivals - Bradford, Huddersfield, Man Utd
Travel: There is signposting for away coaches as soon as you leave the Ring Road and Car Park A is right next to the away section, so very convenient for getting away after and surprisingly quick to exit and back onto the Ring Road.
Refreshments: Drank in the Drysalters Pub which is a ten minute walk to the ground. A mostly home pub, but no issues whilst drinking there.
Impressions: Elland Road and especially the away section has seen better days, but Elland Road is still worth a visit.
Atmosphere: Millwall’s visit does seem to raise the bar with the atmosphere and as usual the game had plenty of goals, but unfortunately this season, not in our favour (3-2).
Exit: As I mentioned earlier, very easy getting away and the car park charge of £6, is well worth it.
Enjoy: Leeds is always a good day out whatever the scoreline. They do like a scarf around the wrist, which is very 1970’s.