Young fans set to turn Leeds United pitch into dream campsite

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Leeds United’s Elland Road home has played host to everything from rock concerts to royal visits as well as countless football matches.

Now, though, its hallowed turf is set to break new ground – as a campsite.

United have announced plans for a giant sleepover event on Friday, May 30, where fans will be able to spend the night in a tent on their very own field of dreams.

A total of 60 on-pitch camping spaces will be available at the event, which is open to the families of junior season ticket holders and junior members.

England’s World Cup warm-up game against Peru will be shown on Elland Road’s big screen as part of the evening’s entertainment.

Other fun activities will include a skills coaching session, penalty competition and a barbecue.

A Leeds spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “This is the first time we have run an event of this kind and we have high hopes for it.

“It’s a chance for our younger fans to make a little piece of Elland Road history and have a great evening into the bargain.” The stadium will open its doors at 3pm, with ‘lights out’ time set for 11.30pm.

Camping spaces are priced £80 each and tents will be allowed to hold no more than four people.

No all-adult groups will be permitted while junior season ticket holders and junior members must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

For more details on the sleepover event, ring 0871 334 1992.

Bands that have played Elland Road over the years include U2, Happy Mondays and Leeds’s own Kaiser Chiefs.

The Queen, meanwhile, was greeted by a 40,000-strong crowd of youngsters when she visited the ground in 1977 during her Silver Jubilee celebrations.


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