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Leeds United: Elland Road for World Cup ARTISTS IMPRESSIONS

Leeds United fans are today given a tantalising glimpse of how the 2018 World Cup could change the face of the club's Elland Road home.

United revealed plans earlier this year to redevelop Elland Road's Revie North and John Charles West stands if the stadium is chosen as a host venue for the tournament.

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Now computer-generated images have been released that show the classy new look proposed for the famous old ground.

The changes would raise Elland Road's current 39,450 capacity to around

50,000.

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If the stadium was to stage a World Cup game today, the tournament's media and corporate needs mean it would have only have 33,000 spectator seats with unrestricted views.

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That is 7,000 less than the total demanded by Fifa, world football's governing body.

It is hoped the huge income streams generated by a World Cup would make it a relatively-simple task to raise the cash that would be needed for the project.

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United say a redeveloped Revie North stand is likely to be a two-tiered affair and approximately the same height as the ground's existing East Stand.

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The World Cup-linked proposals are separate to a blueprint Leeds have drawn up for the East Stand.

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United won planning permission earlier this year for a scheme that would include an eight-storey hotel complex at the ground's South East corner as well as bars, shops and restaurants under a covered walkway behind the East Stand.

Leeds is among 15 English cities competing for the right to stage matches in 2018.

An announcement is due later this month on the 10 candidates that will be included in England's formal bid to hold the tournament.

Fifa will reveal its preferred host country at the end of next year.

If the World Cup does end up coming to Leeds, all local games would be played at Elland Road.

The city's 2018 bid is being led by United, the council and Marketing Leeds.

 
 
 

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