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King Power Stadium
Leicester  City v Millwall
Friday, March 29th, 7.45pm, 2013

C
hampionship League
By Ross Morgan
(Neutral - Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was a day for a feast of football. An Easter Friday Bank Holiday, pub or football?...well a bit of both actually. With staggered kick off times I was able to get to Watford vs Burnley for a 3-3 thriller at 3pm and then a dash up the M1 to see Leicester on the evening, both being new grounds for me. Being one for old grounds I was looking forward to Watford more but in fact was pleasantly suprised by Leicester.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was a reasonably straight forward journey. I followed the M1 North from Watford, getting off at J21. I wanted to take the A5460 as I had done some homework and thought I could land on some free parking this side of the ground. I instead found myself on the A426 Aylestone Road after muddling through what seemed a set of a hundred new junctions and traffic lights. I literally saw one sign for the King Power. The traffic was quite bad on this road, on the approach to the ground you need to keep left but in my infinite wisdom stayed right, annoying the locals as I eased back into traffic and missing the whole queue! Upon passing the ground on my left,  another 300 metres I then turned left into Filbert Street East and parked for 5 on a car park at the junction with Sawday Street. There were traffic wardens lurking about so don't risk street parking if you haven't got  a permit.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having literally raced against the clock to get to Leicester from Watford and find a car park, it was a short walk to the ground for a look about and a few photographs. I spoke with some of the home fans and they explained the quick way to get a match ticket (There are two sub-ticket offices open behind the Spion Kop open on match days for home and away...perfect). Now the food from the burger vans can be dodgey at the best of times, yet we still love them. This big red van had 'Gourmet' written all over it, I was all in. And to my surprise the hotdog was great, "Would you like mushrooms on it?" Still with skepticism I agreed. I'm glad I did, highly recommended although the sauce dripped over my leg!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?.

The ground suddenly appeared on my left after a row of buildings, being a night game it was lit up and looked imposing. A walk around to the Main Stand is a must, as the glassed front is quite smart, especially as it was backlit.

Into the ground, the away end is tucked away in the corner, good views though and as it's a modern stadium, no supporting pillars and good leg room. The other stands are pretty much the same all the way around, apart from a row of corporate boxes in the Main Stand. The large stadium screens were good but when the red 'Air Asia' advert came on during the game that was really off putting and pulled your eyes from the field of play.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

With two minutes on the clock Wes Morgan for the home side hauled down a Millwall striker to be shown a straight red card. Great start, unfortunately it didn't carry on like that. Lots of industry but not many goal opportunities to write about apart from a shot, cleared off the line for Leicester. Millwall made all the running in the second half without really causing many problems to the home side but with 10 minutes left, Millwall right back, Dunne, struck with a shot that went across Schmeichel and into the far corner of the net. It finished 1-0 to Millwall.

Throughout the game the Leicester fans were top class, singing and making it a really good atmosphere on what was a freezing cold night. 22,000 in a ground fit for 32,000, a bit disappointing but very loud.

The facilities are very good, a wide concourse with the usual food on offer and at the usual prices.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There were no issues getting away from the stadium, the roads around the ground were shut to vehicles but there were no queues off the car park and within five minutes I was on the M69 homeward bound.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Although freezing cold after doing two grounds it was made all the more bearable for seeing seven goals and a sending off. Leicester is up there for best atmosphere in a modern built ground for me, something I really didn't expect to be saying. Couple that with friendly locals and the ease of journey it was a great away day.


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