This is a review of Elland Road, home to Leeds United FC.
Elland Road is located just off the M1, on the M621 which is the ring road of the City of Leeds. Traveling to the ground is really easy and has perfect access to main roads that link one end of the country to another. There are many places to park which are reasonably priced and have many takeaways around the stadium such as Subway, Macdonalds, Burger King etc etc.
Although the stadium is now an ageing one, it is also one with much history and most important of all, a soul. It holds just over 40,000 and although the team is in League one at the moment, it is still attracting crowds of up to 30,000.
Many stadiums accross the country now are what you could call plastic. This is very evident across the Midlands (eg. Derby, Leicester, WBA etc.) but Elland Road is a stadium which generates noise and means something to its supporters. It has hosted many European games over the century and even some International games.
Any football fans who haven't visited the stadium yet should do so ASAP and witness a traditional ground with a big history behind it.
Ok maybe the team isn't worth 5 stars, but when you've been going as long as I have (over 35 years) you have to give them all you've got. I've watched through thick and thin - from incredible nights against Barcelona in 1975 and the Champions League run a few years ago to the misery the club has been in since the Ridsdale disaster..
Don't get too settled on us being in the doledrums - we'll be back one day!
Elland Road is one the best grounds in the country purely because of the fans and the atmosphere. Unfortunatley the football isn't always great. It's a tradational ground that's been home to Leeds United for years so it doens't have th facilities of the newer grounds like the Emirates.
But that doesn't mean it's bad it's more like what football use to be. As with all sports events traffic is bad on match days but the stewards are well organised and manage it very well.
What can I say? As a Leeds United diehard this review is undoubtedly biased but the old place deserves 5 stars for the wonderful memories its provided me with over the years. Elland Road is located just off the M621 but try to get there early on match days as the traffic congestion can be a problem on the approach roads to the stadium. The ground itself is in need of an overhaul but the atmosphere inside more than makes up for its shabby appearance. If ever you're in Leeds, as a neutral, check the place out as it's a far cry from the sanitised atmosphere so evident at the new identikit stadiums built in recent years. You won't be disappointed and might even fall in love with the club ;-)
I have to give Elland Road 5 stars - purely becasue it's all they deserve. Leeds United are a credit to the football league, as is Elland Road, the fortress itself. I've been for the past 20 odd years and experienced some heart wrenching times, from the 1-1 draw with Barcelona to Alan Smith's final farewell - all of which have made me proud to stand by my team. The fortress is situated just off the M1 and onto the M621, it's very easily accessible and there is plenty of parking close to the ground for the some 42,000 passionate fans that make the most incredible atmosphere within Elland Road We'll be back ON ON ON!!!!
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