First home game after the helicopter crash is already behind them. It was a very difficult experience, as it had to. Now comes time for reassurance: King Power will remain part of Leicester City.
On Saturday Leicester City FC played their first home game since the tragic death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose helicopter had crashed just outside the stadium in late October. No-one survived the accident.
Following Vichai's death, an idea surfaced to name the stadium after him. While it was rumoured, it was soon dismissed as an official step. However, in the matchday programme before Saturday's Burnley fixture The Boss' son Aiyawatt confirmed there will be a permanent tribute to his father, whose funding brought the sensational Premier League title to Leicester.
“I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible. He will forever be in our hearts. He will never be forgotten.” wrote Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, known to LCFC fans as Top.
Over the past fortnight an ocean of flowers and club colours flooded the plaza outside King Power Stadium, creating an altar for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. But, despite undoubtable affection, questions arose around the Srivaddhanaprabha family's involvement with LCFC.
In the match programme we also read that the club's future is safe. Vichai's work will be continued and the new training complex will come as planned. Also, the announced stadium expansion is expected to happen along schedule, following the new training area.