Thursday 1 July 2010

Elland Road Stadium Guide

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About the stadium 
The home of Leeds United is Elland Road, in the Beeston area of the city, which they have occupied since their foundation in 1919. They took over the tenancy from their predecessors Leeds City, who had been managed by the great Herbert Chapman (who later led Huddersfield to three consecutive division one titles in the 1920s before transforming Arsenal into a trophy-winning side).
Elland Road is the 12th largest stadium in England, and the largest outside the Premier League. It comprises four main stands – the Revie Stand (named after the club’s most successful manager), the East Stand, the South Stand and the John Charles Stand (named after the former player known as “the Gentle Giant”) – which, together with the corners, bring the total capacity to 39,460. It was once described by Alex Ferguson as the most intimidating stadium in Europe.
Leeds are one of the few clubs that offers stadium tours on match days. Information can be found on the club’s official website
How to get there 
Elland Road is easy to get to by road, as it is adjacent to the junctions of the M1, M62 and M621. Parking is free on Lowfields Road, Gelderd Road and Town Street (behind the South Stand). The closest rail station is Cottingley station, about a mile from the stadium. It takes just five minutes from Leeds Railway Station, itself two miles from the stadium.
Buses 93 and 96 go to Beeston from the city centre.

Where to stay
Most hotels are in the city centre, a couple of miles away, and there is only one hotel near Elland Road, the Premier Inn Leeds City West. It is however, not a bad place to stay: the rooms are tastefully decorated and have air-conditioning and central heating, and the beds are comfy. Rooms start from £29.
Another affordable chain hotel is the Ibis Leeds Centre, a ten minute walk from the city centre. The rooms are quite small, but the beds are big.
A bit more upmarket is Malmaison Hotel Leeds, one of 12 boutique hotels the company owns around the country, which was voted Hotel of the Year by Yorkshire’s Tourism Board. Located in a beautiful building formerly occupied by a bus company’s head office, the carefully decorated rooms are modern and stylish.
Wireless internet is free throughout the hotel for the first 30 minutes.

Where to drink

The two most popular pubs for home fans are The Old White Hart on Town Street and The Old Peacock on Elland Road, both of which are close to the ground and packed full of hopeful Leeds fans on match day. The Scarbrough Hotel – known as the Scarbrough Taps – on Bishopsgate Street in the town centre, is another popular home fan hangout.
For away fans, The Drysalters, a 10-minute walk from the ground, is a good bet. It offers competitively priced beers and has a large TV with Sky Sports.


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