Capacity: 32,500 (all seated)
Address: Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL
Telephone: 0844 815 6000
Fax: 0116 247 0585
Ticket Office: 0844 815 5000
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: The Foxes
Year Ground Opened: 2002
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: King Power
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Gold and Navy
Third Kit: Red with Black Trim
In 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. However some of the home fans refer to it as 'Filbert Way.' 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.
Like most new stadiums, the King Power Stadium is functional but lacks character. I don't know whether I'm starting to suffer from 'new stadium fatigue' having visited so many in the last few years, but to me it seemed somewhat bland looking both inside and out. Unusually the public address system is also broadcast on the speakers around the outside of the stadium. The King Power Stadium does have one redeeming feature - atmosphere. The acoustics are very good and both sets of supporters can really make some noise, making for an enjoyable visit.
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.
Away 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 (£3.40), 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'.
The 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 Plantagenet'. If 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 food.
Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium, however this can be a bit of a 'hit and miss affair' depending on which team you support. Richard Aquilina a visiting Bristol Rovers fan explains; 'Certainly alcohol wasn't available in the away end on our visit. The pumps were covered with black bags and the signs were covered with cardboard! When I enquired further it appears that alcohol is not sold for high profile games. By high profile I think they mean more than a few hundred fans as there obviously isn't any history between Leicester and Rovers as this is the first time we met at this level'. If you are lucky enough that alcohol is available then it is in the form of; Lager, Bitter, Cider (all £3.70). Plus bottles of Singha (£3).
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.
Post Code for Sat Nav: LE2 7FL
The train station in the city centre, is situated around 1.5 miles away and is walkable from the ground. This should take you around 25-30 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 save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.
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Like a number a clubs Leicester categorise matches (A, B & C) whereby the more popular matches cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B & C prices in brackets.
Away Fans are housed in the North East Corner:
Adults £40 (B £36) (C £19)
Over 60's/Under 22's £35 (B £32) (C £19)
Under 18's £25 (B £24) (C £12)
Under 12's £10 (B £10) (C £5)
Under 8's £8 (B £8) (C £1)
Official Programme: £3
The Fox Fanzine: £2.50
Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City.
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.
2013-2014: 24,990 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 22,283 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 23,037 (Championship League)
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Leicester City v Millwall
Friday, March 29th, 7.45pm, 2013
By Ross Morgan (Neutral Fan - 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.
Leicester City v Ipswich Town
Sunday, January 10th 2010, 3pm
Peter Radford (Doing the 92)
It was a very snowy and slow drive into Leicester to watch the only game that had survived the winter freeze this Sunday. I knew that the football ground was close to the rugby ground and the latter is easy to locate and offers a decent parking alternative for those that don’t mind a brisk 10 minute walk.
I am not a great fan of new-built stadia so there was little reason to get to the match other than to tick-off another of the “92”.
The ground although being the standard new enclosed all-seater had a pleasant and relatively warm concourse area below the stand albeit it offered the standard football ground menu. The tea was hot and the locals friendly and the latter provided some pointers to the match ahead.
The players came out to the sound of a hunting horn, but I can’t help feeling that this should terrify foxes not encourage them. It certainly didn’t inspire the Leicester defence as they froze in the first minute to gifted the away side the lead.
I have a rule of thumb with new-build grounds, they need to be at least 75% full and have a distinctive “home end” to create a decent atmosphere. The crowd was short of the mark, the home support spread around the ground and, as a consequence, the experience uninspiring.
Leicester snatched an equaliser however the game like the ground and the crowd failed to excite. As an upside the ground was quick to clear and once back to the car it was easy to escape from the city and head home.
I had notched up ground number 32 but little else to look back upon.
Score: Leicester 1 Ipswich 1 Attendance: 20,758 Ground No: 32 (of the 92)