Leeds United sold Elland Road in late 2004 to help aid their financial crisis, a time when the club also had to sell the majority of their players and somehow survive on free transfers and loans. The stadium was sold for around £8 million but with a 25-year lease.
Fast forward 13 years and Leeds are still renting Elland Road, where they pay more than £1.4 million to use the facilities. Massimo Cellino once claimed he was going to take up the buy-back option following his takeover in 2014 but he never went through with this.
New owner Andrea Radrizzani has recently confirmed that buying back the famous old stadium is one of his top priorities, Tweeting it in response to a fan yesterday.
Today, Radrizzani posted another picture using the phrase “Our glorious home” to describe it. A teasing update from the man who completed a 50% purchase of Leeds back in January this year has seen Leeds fans respond, telling Radrizzani to invest and buy back Elland Road.
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 28, 2017
Here are some responses…
@andrearadri you got them to buy it yet?
— a fan. not super. (@deancore) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri you know what to do Andrea
— Armo? (@Jordan_Armo) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri invest buy Elland Road then take the boxes out of the Southstand = more revenue ?and even better atmosphere ??
— M. (@UnitedL33ds) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri Next time you tweet about it hopefully you'll have the key to the gates in your hands
— JwL (@Juliejwl777) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri unfortunately our glorious "rented" home Andrea
— John Storey (@johnstorey9) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri buy it
— Tom (@thomas_wilson04) March 28, 2017
@andrearadri buy it back !! Along with Monk,Pep,Beattie and a few new players in the summer!!
— Adam Brown (@adambrown1992) March 28, 2017