By Paul Donegan
I went to watch Leicester play Spurs in the FA WSL on Sunday 3 rd October 2021 and this ground guide
is based on that visit. Things might be different when you visit as this ground is based on just one visit. I might have to go and see Leicester play at home again when they play at Burton and do a ground guide for there too?!
King Power Stadium, Leicester, LE2 7FL
Location and Ground History
Leicester is in the East Midlands, just off the M1 motorway. The ground is south of the city centre, about a 20/25 minute walk away from it. Leicester Cathedral is worth a visit if you have time. The stadium opened in 2002 as Leicester City’s new ground when they moved from nearby Filbert Street. The women’s side started playing there in 2021 after getting promoted to the WSL having previously played at Quorn. They will be playing the majority of games here with the other ones being played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.
Leicester station is well served with trains to towards London (St Pancras), Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Birmingham and Peterborough. It takes about 20/25 minutes to walk from the station to the ground passing the rugby ground on the way. There is car parking available around the ground as well as street parking. A number of buses run from the city centre along Aylestone Road which is a few minutes walk from the ground.
The ticket office at the ground (between the fanstore and turnstiles in the north west corner of the ground is open on matchdays and you can buy tickets (if available) on the day paying by card. I bought tickets online and printed at home (ticket is an attachment on the confirmation email) and there is a link to the ticketing page below. My ticket cost £7 plus a £1.50 booking fee.
The King Power Stadium is a fully enclosed covered all seated stadium and there are two big scoreboards at both ends of the ground. The capacity of the stadium is 32,261. One end of the west side was open for this match. There was a quick bag search before going in. One set of turnstiles were open (see above for where these are) and these lead into a concourse area that felt quite spacious. It did say on the ticket that the turnstiles open an hour before kick-off but they were already open slightly before this when I went. In the concourse area, there are some paintings on the walls of Claudio Ranieri and of the side that won the Premier League in 2016 as well as kiosks selling food/drink, toilets and steps leading up into the seating area. In the south east corner, outside of the ground by the car park area, there is a memorial garden that remembers Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the 4 others that were killed in the helicopter crash there in 2018 and it is worth going to spend a few minutes there.
Food and Drink
Two food kiosks were open in the concourse area. Not the biggest choice of food but see the pictures below to see the full list of what is available and prices. It is card payment only for food/drink inside the stadium. Alcohol is only allowed to be drank in the concourse area. There are lots of places to eat/drink in the city centre if you fancy something else.
The big fanstore is open on matchdays where there is a lot of Leicester City merchandise available to buy. Outside, behind the north stand, there were a few football games for children to play. It is an online programme that costs £1.50 and a link to this was posted on Leicester City Women’s Twitter feed and website on the matchday. A free clapper is left on each seat and these did help with the atmosphere during the match.