Michael Brown insisted expanding Elland Road would be “fantastic” as Leeds United will “outgrow that stadium” if promoted to the Premier League.
The former Whites and Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there is enough space around the current stadium to redevelop each stand one by one.
According to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay, United have “tentative plans” to increase the overall capacity of Elland Road to 50,000 by rebuilding the West Stand to match the height of the East.
A redevelopment of the stadium, much like Liverpool have done with the main stand at Anfield, appears to be the preference amongst fans.
Other Premier League clubs, such as Arsenal and Tottenham, have chosen to build new, state of the art stadiums – leaving their historic homes of Highbury and White Hart Lane respectively.
When asked by Football Insider if a stadium expansion was needed in the near future if the club achieved promotion, Brown said: “The attendance has been excellent this season. Home and away – it is exciting teams for the football club. Brilliant support.
“Yes, they will outgrow that stadium. We know they could fill it more and sell more seats in the Premier League. They are at capacity now every game. Everything is gone.
“If they can increase capacity it would be fantastic. You would now expect growth all-around at Elland Road.
“You have got a lot of space so there is potential to do that on the existing site. I think you can go into stands now and change them one at a time. It is all there.”
Any plans for development would likely be heavily reliant on the outcome of this season, with the Premier League and EFL currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Promotion would secure United a significant windfall from TV revenue whilst also opening up further investment opportunities.
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