Kieran Maguire: Leeds ready to start work on 55,000-capacity stadium - thanks to '49ers finance backing'

A revamped Elland Road could house up to 55,000 spectators – and Leeds United are in a position to begin ramping up capacity right now. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Leeds vice chairman’s Paraag Marathe’s latest comments on the topic.

Asked by BBC Sport about Leeds’ plans to increase capacity at Elland Road, the 49ers chief said: “There’s definitely things that we want to do to modernise the stadium.”

Leeds’ home since 1897, Elland Road currently houses a little under 38,000 fans, with around 23,000 of capacity reserved for season ticket holders.

Maguire insists that Leeds could add 17,000 on top of that, bringing with it significantly increased matchday revenue.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think they can go now. They’ve survived the first season, they’ve got the second season in the bag.

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‘”There’s no doubt that the demand is there because of the Bielsa factor at the club. For Leeds to sell out 50,000 or 55,000 would not be too much of a challenge for them.

“They are a one-city club and I think all the ducks are lined up in a row. They’ve got the manager, they’ve got the strategic vision of Radrizzani, the financial backing from the 49ers, and a good team on the field.

“If you put those together, there’s a lot of reasons to go to Elland Road and watch. The sooner it’s built, the sooner they get the extra revenues.”

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