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Bates slams ground rumours
03 May 2007 - 10:29:26
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has hit out at rumours he is planning to relocate the League One-bound club to a smaller stadium within the city.
Bates is furious that newspaper reports claimed he was considering moving the club from its traditional Elland Road home to 2,500-capacity South Leeds Stadium, which is currently the home of amateur rugby league club Hunslet Hawks.
"I want to reassure all Leeds fans that we have no intention of moving anywhere else at all and intend to stay at Elland Road, certainly as long as I am chairman," said Bates.
"Another allegation made was that we would redevelop Elland Road for property, implying we would make a lot of money out of it.
"It's no secret that we want to redevelop around the edges to give us a seven-day-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year off-field income, and that's what we intend to do in due course."