King Power Stadium (Filbert Way)
|Clubs||Leicester City FC|
|Other names||Walkers Stadium (2002-2012)|
|Record attendance||32,488 (Leicester Tigers - Bath Rugby, 01.04.2006)|
|Address||Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL|
Description: King Power Stadium
Leicester City player their Home games at Filbert Street for a hundred years already (from 1891), when infrastructure regulations in England started changing. The stadium, despite historical upgrades and quick renovation proved too modest for increasing interest in City games.
Construction of a new venue became the most likely option in mid-1990s, even 40,000 seats were mentioned initially. But in November 2002 the club presented its vision to move just meters south of the old stadium, to a single-tiered 32,000-seater.
Work started in the summer of 2001 and the stadium was operable already within one year, in time for the 2002/03 season.
Unfortunately, the move came in a difficult moment – sponsorship and transfer markets collapsed, while City weren’t only relegated from the Premier League, but also had to bear the cost of £37 million new stadium.
Club went into receivership and lost control of its new stadium, taken over by Teachers Insurance. The American company sold it in 2013 to King Power, Thai corporation who previously bought the club as well.
Due to naming rights deal, the stadium had been called Walkers Stadium from 2002 to 2012, later becoming known as King Power Stadium, promoting the Asian investors. However, for many fans it’s still Filbert Way, for its address and connection to the historical roots.
England: Leicester with record loss but still working on expansion
Leicester City revealed a huge financial loss for 2019/20, exacerbated by COVID-19. But the Foxes remain on track to expand their stadium beyond the 40,000 mark.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
England: Leicester City plans leaked, look at that!
When expansion of King Power Stadium was mentioned, we thought it would follow the example of Cardiff City, adding just another tier on top of the east stand. Well, this would be far more impressive!
England: Leicester hit “brief pause” on expansion plans
The impact of COVID-19 has forced a change of plans for Leicester City. The club have confirmed they would not resume consultation on stadium expansion until late 2020.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: Leicester stadium to reach 42,000?
For a while they've successfully avoided revealing too much but now it seems Leicester City have suggested the expected final capacity of King Power Stadium. And it's higher than expected.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
Leicester: LCFC hire Legends to plan stadium expansion
Leicester City Football Club has appointed Legends International to undertake crucial market research that will underpin plans for the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium.
Leicester City: Could expansion begin next year?
At the end of season dinner Leicester City FC owner assured his father's vision of a larger club will be pursued. This also means adding some 10,000 seats to King Power Stadium. The process might begin as early as next year.
Stadium of the Year: Meet the Juror – Robert Kennedy
Today we begin our presentation of the three Jurors who are evaluating this year's contender. First, in alphabetical order is Robert D. Kennedy, who's got some 500,000 seats on his account, from Glasgow to Gujarat.
Leicester: Pilot not to blame for helicopter crash
Lack of contact between the cockpit and rear rotor was the cause of crash that happened on October 27 beside King Power Stadium, according to 8-page report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
Leicester: Vichai's monument to adorn King Power Stadium
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.
Leicester: LCFC owner killed in helicopter crash
Less than a minute after take-off from King Power Stadium, the private helicopter of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed onto a car park outside the venue. According to independent reporting, the billionaire was on board and died on site.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
Leicester: LCFC confirm stadium expansion plans
Ahead of his father's birthday, son of Leicester City's owner confirmed the team is already working on expansion of King Power Stadium. Consultation is expected to begin soon.
England: How much are PL naming rights worth?
To secure a naming rights deal in Premier League you only need £300,000 per year. But to buy the most expensive name it's 87 times that amount! Here's the latest valuation by Duff & Phelps.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
Leicester: Expansion? England’s champions’ fans say yes!
While Leicester City are yet to make up their mind about possible stadium expansion, it seems the fans are almost unanimous: King Power Stadium is too small and ticket sales suggest the same.