1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
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
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.