Leeds United want to expand Elland Road’s capacity to 55,000 seats, according to a study prepared for a next Leeds City Council meeting.
A proposal that a new community sports center be relocated to the old home of Matthew Murray High School, which was initially slated for a location near to Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium, is expected to be addressed by senior councillors on the council’s executive board next week (23 June 2021).
The planned relocation of the ‘Parklife’ facility from Fullerton Park to the former Matthew Murray school site followed talks between Leeds United and Leeds City Council earlier this year, when the club expressed a desire to expand Elland Road’s capacity in the future.
Leeds United have reconsidered their stadium development goals following their elevation to the Premier League and funding from a group linked with the San Francisco 49ers American football team, according to a report to be considered at the meeting.
Elland Road is now being reviewed for a 55,000-seater stadium, rather than the 50,000-seat size initially planned. This would necessitate Parklife’s relocation to Fullerton Park.
The council believes that the former Matthew Murray High School property would be the greatest location for the Fullerton Park facilities.
Four 3G artificial grass fields, a community café, changing facilities, a gym, and an NHS facility with treatment rooms and pharmacy would be among the amenities. In 2023, the project is projected to be completed.
Local stakeholders, as well as the Football Foundation, which is the main funder of the Parklife program on four sites throughout the city, and NHS partners, have expressed their complete support to the proposed change of location.
Leeds United has committed to finance the fees and costs associated with design development and site study that will be required to assist any future migration.
If approved, the council will agree to collaborate with Leeds United on a revised masterplan for the Elland Road Stadium and Fullerton Park area as part of the report’s proposals. The Executive Board would then review the draft ideas before a public consultation at a later date.
Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The fantastic return of Leeds United to the Premier League has proved to be a great boost to not just fans, but also the city as a whole.
“We remain committed to working with the club constructively in terms of any ambitions they might have in terms of increasing the capacity of Elland Road in the future, which is why following discussions, we agreed to look at what options could be available to move the proposed Parklife project from Fullerton Park to another location.”