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(King Power Stadium)
Address: Filbert Way,
Capacity: 32,261 (All-Seater)
When the noise from a stadium has been known to produce small earthquakes, you know that you are at somewhere special.
It would have been incredible to experience just one of the games during Leicester City’s Premier League Title-Winning campaign, it’s one of the greatest moments in English football history and those days will never, ever be forgotten here.
Filbert Way, where most of the magic of that 2015-16 season happened, was built in 2002 and has been the home of Leicester City Football Club ever since its construction.
It is more commonly known to many though by its sponsored name, the King Power Stadium. Filbert Way is a name used affectionately by some Leicester City fans as reference to the ground's address and previous home. Freeman's Wharf is a name that has been in use by some Foxes fans.
There was a lot of pressure on the stadium to be a suitable new home for a club that had played at its beloved Filbert Street since 1891, but it’s safe to say that is has certainly lived up to those expectations.
It’s impossible not to talk about Filbert Way without also paying tribute to the tragic helicopter accident that occurred in October 2018.
All five people on board lost their lives, including Leicester City's beloved owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who gave so much not only to the Foxes but the City of Leicester as a whole. Two members of Vichai’s staff, Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, as well as the two crew that day, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, were all killed in the tragedy.
Fans flooded Filbert Way in the days and weeks following the accident to lay flowers, shirts and scarves in memory of those lost, and the emotional tributes towards those involved will rightly continue for many years to come.
Location and Getting There
The stadium is located around 1.5 miles southwest of Leicester City Centre. Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Club, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary are a short while northeast of the ground, Leicestershire County Cricket Club is to the south, and the River Soar runs along the western side of Filbert Way.
Whilst there are parking spaces around the ground itself, these are of course limited in number and come with a hefty price. Street parking within very close range of the stadium can be a challenge to find, but the Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium south of the ground is open for use on matchdays, with a simple walk north to Filbert Way from it.
Leicester Train Station is approximately a 25 minute walk away, with the route taking you past Welford Road and the Royal Infirmary.
Outside the Stadium
If you're coming along Raw Dykes Road from off Aylestone Road (A426), you'll first arrive at the northeast corner, and heading clockwise from here brings you to the East Stand.
The exterior here consists of a sandy-coloured brickwork base and a cantilever roof coming down from the top. Square sheets join together to form one continuous blue strip that runs around the northern, eastern and southern sides of the King Power Stadium. This strip has the letters LCFC, the King Power Stadium logo, as well as Leicester City's Club Badge printed on it.
Behind his blue strip is the underside of the seating area and you can clearly see it as you head closer to the turnstiles, which are spread evenly across the brickwork base.
The South Stand follows a very similar design to the adjacent East Stand.
It has a bright brickwork base with a cantilever roof and the same blue strip running along towards the top.
Turnstiles are once again spread evenly across the stand's exterior and you can see the underside of the seating area when you get close.
A large amount of the stadium's car parking spaces are out beyond both the South Stand and the southeast corner.
The West Stand encompasses both the northwest and southwest corners, using a different exterior design to the rest of Filbert Way.
It is made up mostly of large glass panels, creating a really nice façade that gleams brightly in the sunlight. You can find the Players' Entrance, Reception Entrance, Hospitality Entrance and the Keith Weller Lounge Entrance all in and around the centre of the West Stand, with a few turnstiles also close by.
Both the northwest and southwest corners are made up of large blue panels. There isn't too much of interest in the southwest corner, but the northwest corner holds the Matchday Ticket Office, Matchday Ticket Collections Point, and the official Leicester City Club Shop. You can also find the entrance to the 1884 Sports Bar in this corner of the stadium.
A Holiday Inn Hotel is separate from Filbert Way, but only a short distance away from the northwest corner.
The North Stand follows the exterior design of both the East and South Stands, using a bright brickwork base with a cantilever roof. The underside is once again visible behind that large blue strip which has LCFC, the King Power Stadium logo, and the Leicester City Club Badge printed on it.
Turnstiles are spread evenly across the stand's base, including the northeast corner.
Inside the Stadium
The East Stand consists of a single tier of blue seating with the letters LEICESTER CITY spelt out in white across the upper rows.
The cantilever roof above means that there are no supporting pillars coming down, and so your view from anywhere inside is perfectly clear.
Both the northeast and southeast corners also contain blue seating that goes as far back, with perfectly clear views of the pitch from anywhere inside as well. The stadium's enclosed design leaves every row well protected from the elements.
The South Stand is single tiered and the same height as the adjacent East Stand.
A large fox head is made out of white seating on one side, with the letters KING POWER spelt out in white next to it. There is also a giant electronic scoreboard attached to the roof, and this is best seen from the opposite end of the stadium.
Much like the East Stand, there are no supporting pillars coming down from the cantilever roof and so your view from anywhere inside is perfectly clear. The stadium's enclosed design leaves every row well protected from the elements.
The West Stand follows a similar design to the East Stand opposite, although its back row is slightly higher up.
The letters LCFC are spelt out in white down towards the front of the stand, with the directors' boxes and premium seats up above this. A row of executive boxes can be found up behind the very back row and loops round to include both the northwest and southwest corners as well.
Leicester City's changing rooms are based inside the stand, with the tunnel and dugouts down at the front and in the very centre.
Your view from anywhere inside here is perfectly clear because of the stand's cantilever roof, and the stadium's enclosed design leaves every row well protected from the elements.
The North Stand is an exact carbon-copy of the South Stand opposite. It consists of a single tier of blue seating with a large white fox head and the letters KING POWER spelt out next to it.
A giant electronic scoreboard is attached to the roof, best seen from the opposite end of the stadium, and with a cantilever roof in place at the very top, your view is perfectly clear from any seat inside. The stadium's enclosed design leaves every row well protected from the elements.
Away fans are housed in the northeast corner.
Only a few blocks are given when small away crowds are expected, but larger crowds will take up the entire corner, plus one or two blocks in both the North Stand and the East Stand. Leicester City use a combination of stewards and large sheets to segregate this away seating area from the home supporters sat nearby.
You do get a great view of the action here though regardless of where you are as, like with the rest of the Filbert Way, there are absolutely no supporting pillars in your way.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Barley Mow (149 Granby Street, LE1 6FE) (Typically Home and Away Supporters)
-The Counting House (40 Almond Road, LE2 7LH) (Popular with Away Supporters)
-The F Bar (95 Walnut Street, LE2 7LA) (Home Supporters Only)
-Passion Blend and HindBar (49 London Road, LE 2 0PD) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located right next to Leicester Station)
Filbert Way (The King Power Stadium to many) ticks all the boxes about what makes a brilliant football ground. Its location within the bustling city of Leicester is excellent, there’s a fantastic balance to the stadium both inside and out, perfect views from every seat, and a rocking atmosphere that really makes the matchday experience here memorable.
Without doubt one of the best stadiums in the United Kingdom.
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