Club: Leicester City FC | Opening: 2002 | Capacity: 32,312 seats
History and description
Leicester City first presented plans to replace the aged Filbert Street ground in the mid 1990s, but it took until 2000 for the final plans to get unveiled. Construction of the new stadium started in 2001 and works finished in time for the start of the 2002-03 season.
The King Power Stadium, then still called Walkers Stadium, officially opened on 23 July 2002. The first match at the stadium, a friendly between Leicester and Athletic Club de Bilbao (1-1), was played twelve days later.
In 2011, the stadium got renamed King Power Stadium after the company of the club’s new Thai owners.
How to get to the King Power Stadium
The King Power Stadium is located slightly more than 1 mile south of Leicester’s city centre and main rail station. The walk should not take more than half an hour. On the way you’ll pass the stadium of Rugby club Leicester Tigers.
Alternatively, Arrivabus 84, 84A and 85, Centrebus 302, or First Bus 88 connect the stadium with the city centre and rail station.
If arriving by car from either the M1 or M69, exit at junction 21 (where the M1 and M69 intersect). Follow the signs for the city centre via the A5460. After almost 3 miles turn right onto Upperton Road. From Upporton Road signs will guide you to the stadium.
Address: Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL
Eat, drink, and sleep near King Power Stadium
King Power Stadium is located on a retail park bordered by a residential area. While there is the odd pub around, it is not the most attractive area and most will drink in the city centre or nearer to the station.
If you wish to stay overnight close to the King Power Stadium, the Holiday Inn Express Leicester will surely be your pick as it stands right next to the stadium. Otherwise, there are the usual national chain hotels in Leicester’s city centre, which is at walking distance from the stadium.
Click here for an overview of hotels near King Power Stadium.
Tickets for Leicester City matches can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 844 815 5000, or in person at the City Fanstore at the King Power Stadium.
Following Leicester’s title winning season, the club now sell out most games, though tickets for many games still tend to be available if bought well in advance.
Leicester City have divided their home matches into three pricing categories. Prices for Category C matches, the cheapest but also rarest, range from £26.00 for a seat behind the goal or in one of the corners to £48.00 for a central seat at one of the sides. Tickets for Cat A matches, the most expensive, cost between £30.00 to £50.00.
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You can find a seating plan here.
King Power Stadium tours
Leicester City offers guided stadium tours that include access to the dressing rooms and players tunnel. The tour lasts about 60 minutes.
Tours tend to run four times a day one or two Sundays a month. Tours cost £10.00.
Bookings can be made online, by phone +44 (0) 844 815 5000, or in person at the City Fanstore at the King Power Stadium. Booking in advance is highly recommended as most tours sell out.
Photos of the King Power Stadium
Relevant Internet links
Lcfc.com – Official website of Leicester City FC.
Goleicestershire.com – Official online guide to Leicester and Leicestershire.
I am an Aussie, born in Leicester and I have tried to get to a tour of filbert street (when used) and King Power stadium on many occasions when I visited over the last 20 years. As a city supporter, the last season can only be described as momentous, but unfortunately I didn’t get here until 2 weeks after celebrations.
A recent check of the Kingpower website shows that there are stadium tours on (maybe) on 2 Sunday’s a month.
Again I miss out because I am not here later in the month.
Getting to see the stadium and appreciate the clubs history is one of the most frustrating things I have ever tried.
Surely as the Premier league side there could be better arrangements for supporters to have a look and appreciate the club and its ground.
It’s about a 20 minute trek from the train station, head down waterloo way dipping down directly opposite the station, there are pubs around the morrisons if you take a left at the Tigers ground.
Parking I would recommend freemans common industrial estate, although you can get caught for some time in the traffic, but the fees do go to charity.
The same pubs are a short walk from here.
If your shopping in the Highcross (definitely worth a visit)head across jubilee square (next to Leicester cathedral and the site of Richard the III grave) and round the holiday inn to the left, walk past castle park (site of the first British parliament) and join the canal by the bridge where Richard the III was dismounted on the way to the battle of Bosworth.It is a straight and pleasent walk to the King power (20 minutes)