Elland road, located in the suburb of Beeston just 1.5 miles away from the Clayton Hotel Leeds, is the football stadium which plays home to Leeds United FC and has done since the clubs founding in 1919. With a capacity of 39,460 a number that can rival some of the premier league club stadiums there can be an amazing atmosphere inside the grounds when Leeds United FC are playing at home. With fans coming from all over Europe and the UK, Clayton Hotel Leeds is the perfect place to base your football weekend.
History and development
Elland Road first opened in 1897 however at first it was only used for rugby events and it would be several years before the first football match was played at the grounds. In 1904 the newly formed club of Leeds City made Elland Road their home and slowly began to develop the grounds. In 1919 however Leeds City was expelled from the Football League and the grounds were sold to Leeds United, founded in the same year as Leeds City’s expulsion, for £250. A few alterations were made to the grounds when Leeds United first took over but there was little development for the following three decades. In 1956 a new stand was built to replace the West Stand after a fire had burnt it down. More developments were made in the following decades as Leeds United enjoyed good fortune in the 1960’s and 70’s. This was shown with record attendance at Elland Road of 57,892 occurring during an FA Cup match with Sunderland in 1967. A redevelopment program was started in the early 1990’s which included the rebuilding of the East Stand in 1993. Upon completion, the newly built stand could boast the fact of being the world’s biggest cantilever stand in the world. Elland Road is certainly a historic stadium and a great venue with atmosphere, so much so it was chosen to host three group matches of the Euro 1996 Championships.
Tours and events
Elland Road offers behind the scene tours weekly on Fridays at 3 pm and Sundays at 2pm. They also offer special match day tours starting at 10 am for a 3pm kick off or 2 pm for and evening kick off. Tours include an exclusive look behind the scenes at one of England’s most popular football clubs, a trip to the dressing rooms, dugouts, players tunnel and trophy room. Tour prices range from £10 for the regular tours and £15 for the match day tours.
Elland Road also plays host to several public and private events including music concerts, Christmas parties, conferences, car launches and sporting events.
Tickets for Leeds United games can be bought online or over the phone and remaining tickets can be bought at the grounds. Leeds United price their tickets depending on the importance of the match. Category A tickets, the most expensive, range from £31 to £38. Category C tickets, the cheapest, range from £20 to £30.
Elland Road is easily assessable by bus, car or, if you are staying at the Clayton Hotel Leeds, an incredibly short walk. So why not book a stay with us and experience what Leeds had to offer?LESS INFORMATION