Angus Kinnear on Elland Road return for fans and Leeds United's vision for a "world-class" stadium

The Whites are looking at expanding Elland Road stadium in the near future.

Saturday, 20th February 2021, 4:30 pm
Leeds United have discussed plans for Elland Road in recent months. Pic: Getty

Angus Kinnear insists Leeds United's future vision is to have a "world-class" stadium at Elland Road.

The Whites managing director says that plans for expansion in LS11 have accelerated following promotion to the Premier League last summer.

Majority owner Andrea Radrizzani welcomed fresh investment into West Yorkshire as NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers increased their stake in the club to 37 per cent in January.

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The fresh cash injection and increased ownership is expected to lean on the California-based franchise for input in how to develop the club's home ground as Leeds adjust to life in the top flight.

Plans were initially announced during the club's centenary celebrations over a year ago for an expansion - which would nearly double the 35,000 capacity at Elland Road - with the West and North stands a particular focus for possible development.

"That process started prior to promotion. It's now accelerated with some pace," Kinnear told the official Leeds United podcast.

"There's a clear vision from Andrea [Radrizzani] and the 49ers that we should have a world-class stadium for a world-class team."

Kinnear also discussed the potential return of fans to Elland Road, which he believes could happen at the start of next season.

Leeds supporters have been locked out of grounds since March 7 last year and have had to watch on from arm's length as the club plays out its first Premier League campaign for 16 years.

"I think there is a good chance of potentially something happening at the end of the season, for the cup finals," Kinnear said over an initial return of fans to football through test events.

"I think most of the Premier League is focused on ensuring that we get a full return to fans at the start of next season.

"I think the learning across everybody as we've looked at all of the operational requirements, it's actually just better to get everybody back. Rather than have half or 25%, we just need to get back to full stadiums."