Sunday will see our first-ever trip to Leicester City's new home and our first trip of any kind to Leicester since 1992.
The Foxes moved into their new home in 2002, after 111 years at Filbert Street.
Construction of the 32,500 stadium, a stone's throw from Leicester's previous home, began in the summer of 2001 with the ground completed a year later. The stadium was officially opened by former Foxes striker Gary Lineker in July 2002 - Lineker arrived to open the stadium in a Walkers lorry after the crisp manufacturers became the stadium's first naming sponsors.
During it's two-decades of use, the King Power, as it is now known, has played host to a National League Play-Off Final, four international matches, Heineken Cup rugby fixtures, and three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Tragedy struck the King Power stadium on 27 October 2018 when the Helicopter carrying club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed on take-off following The Foxes' Premier League game against West Ham United. The pilot and all four passengers were killed. The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden, designed to protect the site of the crash in the south east corner of the stadium, was opened at King Power Stadium on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.
In October 2021, The Foxes submitted plans to Leicester City Council for the redevelopment of King Power Stadium and the surrounding area, which included increasing the capacity to 40,000, as well as a new club shop, sports arena, hotel, and multistory car park.
DID YOU KNOW?
Having been crowned Premier League champions the weekend before, Italian opera star, Andrea Bocelli, performed live on the pitch before Leicester City's final game of their 2015/16 title-winning season.
HOW TO GET THERE
The King Power is half an hour’s walk from the city centre, along the banks of the River Soar. Journey time by foot is roughly the same from Leicester train station, heading south along Waterloo Way and past Welford Road. If walking isn’t an option, bus is the best method of transport.
Leicester station is located at London Road, Leicester LE2 0QB. It offers the following services:
- East Midlands Trains services to London, Sheffield, Loughborough, Derby, Nottingham, Lincoln, Bedford, York and Leeds
- CrossCountry services to Birmingham, Stansted Airport, Cambridge and Norwich
To walk from Leicester Train Station, exit the station, cross London Road at the traffic lights, turn left and follow the road to King Power Stadium around to the right. Keep the Central Ring Road (Waterloo Way) on your left as the path separates from the road, staying on this path as it crosses New Walk. The path then re-joins the pavement, at which point Nelson Mandela Park will be in view. Turn right onto Lancaster Road and walk through the park, heading for the crossings by the public toilets. Cross Welford Road and turn left, following the road around – passing Morrisons supermarket – to King Power Stadium.
Buses 47, 47A, 84 and 85 will take you near to the stadium. You should aim to stop at Aylestone, outside Freemen's Common, and walk the rest of the way from there. The route is signposted.
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The M1 and M69 motorways interchange at Junction 21 (M1), where you should exit and follow the signs for the City Centre via the A5460. After three miles, turn right onto Upperton Road, follow the road down until you get to the Liberty Statue Island and take the fifth exit down Western Boulevard. You will then see King Power Stadium on your right-hand side.
Parking can be purchased prior to the day of the match for £17 per car on the Club’s Filbert Street car park. To book, please call the City Sales Centre on 0344 815 5000 (Option 1).
There are also several independent car parks in the area surrounding King Power Stadium. These facilities generally cost £4/£5 per car. The car parks are situated around Freemans Common and Leicester Tigers Rugby Stadium which is around a 10-minute walk from King Power Stadium.
These are independent car parks run in aid of charity, with the price varying depending on the car park.
The away Supporters' area is blocks M1-M4 in the North-East corner of the stadium, entry via turnstiles 40-49.