Elland Road has been the home of Leeds United since their inception in 1919. The ground was originally opened in 1897 by Holbeck Rugby Club, who folded just seven years later.
The ground was then rented by Leeds City who played in the Football League, before they later folded in 1919. Elland Road was then taken over by Yorkshire Amateurs who sold it a year later to the newly formed Leeds United for £250.
Leeds United have played there ever since, with the stadium witnessing their glory years in the 1960s and 70s, as well as their most recent First Division win in 1992. The ground has undergone a number of renovations, with the most recent being in 2012 with the current capacity being 37,792. The record attendance of 57,892 was achieved during an FA Cup match with Sunderland in 1967.
Elland Road was used as a neutral venue for FA Cup semi-final matches on nine occasions, the first being in 1910 between Barnsley and Everton. The last was in 1995 as Everton defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-1.
England have played several friendly international matches in the stadium – a 3-3 draw with Sweden in 1995 being the first, a 2-1 loss to Italy in 2002 and a 2-0 win over Costa Rica. All three of Spain’s group matches at UEFA Euro 1996 were also held there, drawing 1-1 with Bulgaria and France before defeating Romania 2-1.
International Rugby League was also first played at Elland Road in 1921, as England defeated Wales 35-9. There have been a number of England and Great Britain internationals since held there, with a semi-final of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup also to be played in the stadium.
Hunslet Rugby League Football Club used Elland Road from 1983 until 1994, before moving to the South Leeds Stadium. Leeds Rhions have also used the ground several times, including the World Club Challenge in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Tickets at Elland Road
Leeds United Tickets
Ticket prices in the 2019/2020 EFL Championship season were split into Category A and B opposition and ranged depending on where you sat:
- Adults – £29-£39 (Category A)/£26-£37 (Category B)
- Concessions – £23-£26 (Category A)/£21-£25 (Category B)
- Junior (16-18) – £17-£20 (Category A)/£16-£19 (Category B)
- Junior (Under 16s) – £10-£18 (Category A)/£10-£16 (Category B)
- Junior (Under 11s) – £5-£9 (Category A)/£5-£8 (Category B)
It is likely ticket prices will of risen for the 2020/2021 Premier League season. Further information and booking is available on the official website. Alternatively you can contact the ticket office on 0371 334 1992, or book at the stadium which is open Monday – Friday (9am-5pm), Saturday (9am-1pm) or open on match-days up until kick off.
Location & Travel to Elland Road
Elland Road is located in the suburb of Beeston, approximately 2 miles south of Leeds’ city centre.
Airport: Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 9 miles north of the stadium, serving many European destinations. The A1 FLYER bus runs to and from Leeds every 20 minutes, with a journey time of about 30 minutes to the City Square or 35 minutes to the Bus Station.
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Bus: The 51, 52 or 55C all travel from central Leeds to outside the stadium in about 10 minutes, although they are suspended an hour before and after the match.
Coach: Leeds Coach Station is close to the city centre, with buses 51 and 52 travelling to the ground (see above). Megabus offers cheap travel to Leeds and offers over 10 routes from Barnstaple, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Hull, Liverpool, London and Manchester. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The stadium is just off junction 2 of the M621, there is a large car parking in the vicinity of the stadium which costs £6. They are Car Parks A, B and Fullerton Park and are operated by the City Council. There is free on site parking on non-match days.
Train: Cottingley railway station is the closest station to the stadium, however it is still a 25 minute walk away and is likely you will connect at Leeds Station anyway. Leeds Train Station is in the city centre, about 2 miles away and serves major destinations such as Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading and Sheffield. From the station you can walk (which will take about 35 minutes) or catch the 51 or 52 bus directly to the ground (see above).
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Hotels near Elland Road
Elland Road Stadium Tour
Leeds United offer 90 minute tours of Elland Road, usually taking place on Thursday’s and Friday’s but the schedule is often expanded during school holidays. The tour costs £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors 65+ and £5 for Juniors. Further information and booking is available on the official website.