The King Power Stadium is the home to Leicester City Football Club. It’s an all-seater stadium, which originally opened in 2002 and has a capacity of 32,312.
This makes it the 20th largest football ground in England. It is named after travel retail group King Power, a company owned by the football club’s owners.
So let’s have a brief history of the stadium. After the Hillsborough Disaster and the publication of the Taylor Report in January 1990, all clubs in the top two divisions in England were required to have all-seater stadiums by August 1994. At this moment in time, Leicester City were in their old ground of Filbert Street, with not much option of expansion available.
Leicester City’s directors began to investigate the possibility of building a new stadium during the early 1990s. They decided to re-develop parts of Filbert Street, although this was limited, and crowds began to grow at a rapid pace. This meant nearly every game was a sell-out and the owners needed to look at the option of building a brand new stadium.
It was originally announced that the “new” stadium would have a capacity of around 40,000, however this was reduced to 32,000. The King Power Stadium was completed on time in the summer of 2002, ready for Leicester to take up residence for the start of the 2002–03 season.
It’s estimated to cost around £30 million pounds to build. One thing we really loved about the stadium, was the address of the ground, this is “Filbert Way.” We loved the fact it retains a “link” to their former home Filbert Street.
King Power Stadium Layout
The current configuration of the ground is rather basic, although nicely done. The King Power Stadium has four stands that each join together in an enclosed design. The North Stand is referred to as the Family Stand or Family Area, and the South Stand is known by fans as “The Kop.”
The North and South stands have original names dating back to when the stadium was built. The North Stand called the “Lineker Stand”, after club legend Gary Lineker, and The South Stand named as the “Fosse Stand”, retaining the link with Leicester’s original club name Leicester Fosse.
The main stand is called “The Upton Steel West Stand” this is the only stand in the ground to contain a row of executive boxes. It also houses the team dug out, dressing rooms and administration officers.
The away supporters are located in the corner between the North and East Stand, where just over 3,000 fans can be accommodated. As you would expect with a “modern” stadium, the view of the pitch is good, and leg room is also decent.
The concourse is comfortable with television screens showing the game going on within the stadium. Food on offer inside includes Double Cheeseburgers (£5.50), Cheeseburgers (£4), Hot Dogs (£4), Chicken Pies (£3.80), Steak and Kidney Pies (£3.80) and Cheese and Onion Pasties £3.80). (Correct at the time of publication)
If you don’t want to drink or eat inside of the King Power Stadium, then you’re best bet will most likely be the “Counting House pub”. This is located on Freemens Common Road. It has a good mixture of home and away supporters, with all the normal facilities on offer. If you want something a bit more substantial, then Leicester City Centre is around a ten minute walk north of the stadium.
Transport Links to the Stadium
Speaking of the City itself, you will find “Leicester Railway Station” is located in the City Centre, around 1.5 miles away and is walkable from the King Power Stadium. A walking route to the stadium is signposted from across the road from the station. If you don’t want to travel by train you can also drive to Leicester by car. It’s recommended to leave the M1 Motorway at “Junction 21”, or if coming from the Midlands, follow the “M69” until the end of the motorway.
Take the “A5460” towards Leicester city centre. Continue on this road, until you go under a railway bridge. Carry on for another 200 yards and turn right at the traffic lights into “Upperton Road”, this is sign posted Royal Infirmary, and then right again into Filbert Street for the stadium.
Just like most grounds around the UK, it’s recommended to allow yourself a little extra time to get to the stadium itself, as traffic does tend to get quite congested on matchdays. Police close a number of roads around the stadium, so parking can be limited.
Also if you’ve parked near to the ground, it can sometimes take an hour or so to actual leave the area, as traffic can easily build up. A good idea is to park at Leicester Rugby Club, which costs around £10. This is a ten minute walk away from the stadium.
For more information about the King Power Stadium and Leicester City Football Club, please Click Here to visit their official website.