King Power Stadium Like?
Future Stadium Developments
Upton Steel West Stand External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Air Asia And Spion Kop South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Upton Steel West Stand (photo)
How To Get By Car & Where To Park
Marks Electrical Familiy Stand (photo)
Looking Towards The Spion Kop Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
King Power Stadium Location Map
|What's The King Power Stadium Like?|
August 2002 the club moved into its new home, only
a stone's throw away from their old Filbert
Street ground. Then called the Walkers
Stadium, it was renamed the King Power Stadium in
2011, under a sponsorship deal. The stadium is
completely enclosed with all corners being filled
with seating. The sides are of a good size, built
in the same style and height. The Upton Steel West
Stand though on one side of the pitch does contain
a row of executive boxes. The team dug outs are
also located at the front of this stand. Running
around three sides of the stadium, just below the
roof, is a transparent perspex strip, which allows
more light and facilitates pitch growth. There are
also two large video screens located in opposite
corners of the stadium.
The stadium has been built in such a way, that if required, an additional tier could be built onto the East Stand. This would increase the capacity to just under 40,000.
Steel West Stand External View
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
supporters are housed in the North East corner of the
stadium, where just over 3,000 fans can be
accommodated. The view of the playing action is good
(although you are set well back from the pitch) as
well as the facilities available. The concourse is
comfortable and there is your normal range of
hot dogs, burgers and pies available.
There are television screens on the concourse
showing the game going on within the stadium. My
only slight grumble was that the gents toilets are
poorly designed. They have a narrow 'zig zag
corridor' of an entrance which hindered people
coming in or out and didn't help the major traffic
flow at half time! On the positive side though, the
atmosphere within the stadium was good, with the
home fans singing on both sides of the away section.
The atmosphere is further boosted by a huge bare
chested drummer, who is located at the back of the
home section, immediately to the left of the away
fans. The stewarding was also pretty relaxed. The
teams come out to the Post Horn Gallop tune, reminiscent of fox hunting!
(Leicester are nicknamed the Foxes).
Paul Groombridge a visiting Gillingham fan adds; 'From the far upper seats of the away section, the view was pretty good, though from there, you'd probably complain of being too far away from the action (I thought it was okay). One good thing about being at the top of the away section - you can use the plastic transparent panels as pretty good drums when singing!'. Food on offer inside includes; Burgers (£4), Hot Dogs (£3.80), Pukka Pies (£3.30), plus Baguettes and Wraps (£3.20).
I have received a number of reports of away fans being treated somewhat heavily handed by the local constabulary around the stadium and of some even being 'frog marched' from the railway station to the ground. Although these measures may be deemed necessary, in order to prevent violent disorder, is doesn't do much for the overall away day experience at Leicester. Stuart Bible informs me; 'Just to confirm that the Police presence at Leicester Station is completely over the top. As a visiting QPR fan recently we were 'guided' to the Hind Pub & promptly asked to drink up at 2pm. All 25 of us were then escorted by 38 Police (I counted them) a Dog & 3 Police vans. Of the 25 were 3 children under 10! They should save their heavy handedness for the day that there might be a real threat of trouble'.
|Where To Drink?|
ground is walkable from the city centre (15-20
minutes), where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Most of the pubs near to the stadium
are home fans only. In particular 'The F Bar' should
be avoided by visiting supporters. Plus the
'Symphony Rooms' located just over the road from
the away end, is another home fans bar.
Andy Jobson a visiting Southampton fan informs me; 'Probably the best bet for away fans is the Counting House pub on Freemens Common Road. It has a good mix of both sets of supporters, with all the normal facilities on offer'. Beaumont Fox adds; 'This pub is located just off the Aylestone Road, behind the Local Hero pub (home fans only) and next to Morrisons Supermarket. It does though exclude away supporters when the game is deemed to be a 'high profile' one'. David Moore adds; 'If away fans fancy a quiet drink in a CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub then the Swan & Rushes (on Infirmary Square, near the Royal Infirmary) always has excellent guest ales on'.
For those arriving by train, then
as you come out of the main entrance turn left
and cross to the other side and there you will
find 'The Hind' which is rather a basic pub, but
does have real ales. A better bet may be the
Wetherspoons pub called the 'Last
you turn right out of the station and cross the
road and turn left into Granby Street, then this
pub is down on the left. Also not far away from
the station in the general direction the ground,
is 'The Pub' which located on New Walk. This
modern bar boasts 15 hand pumps for real ale
(many of which are supplied by local
microbreweries), plus continental biers and
lagers as well as cider too. The pub also serves
Steel West Stand
|How To Get By Car & Where To Park|
|Leave the M1 at
Junction 21, or if coming from the Midlands, follow
the M69 until the end of the motorway (which meets the
M1 at Junction 21). 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 (sign posted Royal Infirmary) and then
right again into Filbert Street for the stadium.
Allow yourself a little extra time to get to the ground as traffic does tend to get quite congested near the stadium.
Recently a number of 'Residents Only Parking' schemes have been implemented on streets off the A5460 Narborough Road and Upperton Road, near to the ground, which means that street parking now has to be found further away from the stadium. You can park on side streets off Narborough Road but located further back in the direction of the outskirts of Leicester that you will have travelled through, (if approaching from J21 of the M1) but this may then mean a 20+ minute walk to the King Power Stadium.
Alternatively you can park at Leicester Rugby Club (£3) which is a ten minute walk away from the stadium. Dan Willatt a visiting Nottingham Forest fan advises; 'The Police close a number of roads around the stadium for up to 40 minutes after the final whistle to allow fans to disperse. We parked at a car park located in Filbert Street, but in the end in took us well over an hour in queueing traffic to get away from the ground. It may be best to consider parking further away from the stadium if you want a quick exit.' This official car park in Filbert Street has to be pre-booked with the Club and costs £15 per car.
Map showing the location of the King Power stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for Sat Nav: LE2 7FL
Electrical Family Stand
train station in the city centre, is situated around 1.5 miles away and is
walkable from the ground. This should take you around
minutes. Please note that there is normally a heavy
Police presence around the station.
A walking route to the stadium is signposted from across the road from the station. Come out of the station entrance and cross the road in front of you. Turn left and then go right along a pathway that runs beside and looks down on the Waterloo Way ring road. Continue straight along this pathway for around half a mile and you will reach a small park on your right (Nelson Mandela Park). You will clearly see behind it 'Welford Road' the impressive looking home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and diagonally beyond the ground you should be able to make out the steelwork above the top of the stands of the King Power Stadium. Either walk around the park on your right or walk through it and on reaching the main road on the other side, cross over at the pedestrian crossing and with the rugby ground immediately in front of you turn left. Walk past the rugby ground on your right and continue straight along this road, then taking a right turn into Almond Road. Pass the Counting House pub on your left and at the T-junction turn left into Aylestone Road. Take the next right into Raw Dykes Road and you will reach the stadium and away supporters entrances in front of you.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
Towards The Spion Kop South Stand
|Admission Prices For Away Fans|
Like a number a
clubs Leicester categorise
matches (Platinum & Gold)
whereby the more popular matches
cost more to watch. In addition the
Club also label some games as 'Fans
Fixtures' where prices are
substantially reduced, but these
tend to be for cup games against
lower league opposition.
These prices are for tickets purchased prior to
matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game
can cost up to £2 more.
|Leicester City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzine|
The Fox Fanzine: £2.50.
|Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
At the King Power Stadium
32,188 v Real Madrid
Friendly, July 30th, 2011.
At Filbert Street
47,298 v Tottenham Hotspur,
FA Cup 5th Round, February 18th, 1928.
2012-2013: 22,283 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 23,037 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 23,666 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of The King Power Stadium|
Morgan (Doing the 92) 29/3/13
Peter Radford (Doing the 92) 10/01/10
Morgan Nock (Doing the 92) 27/09/08
Josh Freedman (Watford) 25/08/07
Robert Smith (Coventry City) 17/02/07
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