Leicester City – King Power Stadium

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walkers stadium leicesterThe King Power Stadium (formerly known as the Walkers Stadium) is all-seater, with a capacity of 32,500. Constructed in 2002, with a build cost of £35 million, the new stadium replaced Leicester’s former Filbert Street home. It is completely enclosed with all corners being filled with seating.

The sides are of a good size, built in the same style and height. Running around three sides, just below the roof, is a transparent perspex strip, which allows more light and facilitates pitch growth. On the remaining side is a row of executive boxes.

Completely encircling the stadium and hanging from the roof itself is a collage of player images, along with adverts for the sponsors. There are also electric scoreboards at both ends of the ground.

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How to get to the King Power Stadium

By Road:
king power stadium directionsThe Walkers Stadium is located in Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL.

Drivers from both North and South should exit the M1 at junction 21, taking the A5460 towards Leicester. On passing under the railway bridge, turn right at the lights (about 200 yards) into Upperton Road (signed “Royal Infirmary”), then right again into Filbert Street. The King Power Stadium can be seen to the rear of the old Filbert Street ground.


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By Rail:
leicester train stationThe train station in the city centre is a comfortable 20-minute walk to the ground. On exiting the station, cross the road and turn left. Follow the road round to the right with the Central ring Road on the left. Keep this to your left as the pavement becomes a separate path and the road sinks down into a dip down to your left. A quick left and right to stay on the pathway as it crosses New Walk and you go down the left hand side of New Walk Museum.

The pathway rejoins the main road as pavement again and you see a small recreation ground (Nelson Mandela Park) on the right. Turn right into Lancaster Road and cross the park to the crossings over the main road by the public toilets. Head for the Victory pub opposite (not recommended for away fans), turning left across the front of the Leicester Royal infirmary. Take the first right into Walnut Street the stadium is visible behind the old Filbert Street ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is East Midlands, some 17 miles away. The “Leicester SkyLink” bus service offers regular connections to Leicester city centre. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Leicester that can take you to and from the King Power Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

walkers stadium parkingThere is plenty of on-street parking available in the Upperton Road area, which is a 15-minute walk from the ground. Alternatively, Leicester Rugby Club, a 10-minute walk from the stadium, offers reasonably-priced parking.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Walkers Stadium

pubs near walkers stadiumThe majority of pubs near the ground are “home fans only.” Visiting fans are strongly advised to avoid the half Time Orange, the Victory and F Bar pubs. The Counting House, on Freemens Common Road, has received favourable reports, but excludes away fans for high-profile matches.

The Leicester Gateway, on Gateway Street, near the hospital (about 15 minutes from the ground), reportedly offers a good mix of home and away fans. It offers a wide selection of beers and good value food. The Hind, opposite the railway station is also recommended.

Hotels near the King Power Stadium

holiday inn express leicester walkers stadiumThe Express By Holiday Inn Leicester King Power Stadium, Raw Dykes Road, Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FQ is located adjacent to the ground. This modern, fully equipped hotel, which opened in late 2004, is just minutes from the city centre and the M1 and M69 motorways. All rooms are air-conditioned, offering satellite TV, ramada leicesterhigh-speed Internet access and direct-dial telephone. Free on-site parking is available.

The 3-star Ramada Leicester, 73 Granby St, Leicester, LE1 6ES is a centrally-located hotel, within a grade II listed building. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and a variety of modern facilities. Guest reviews indicate a clean, well-decorated hotel with pleasant efficient staff.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the King Power Stadium?

away fans leicesterMost visiting fans have commented that the King Power Stadium is bland-looking and lacking in character. However, there have been few complaints about the atmosphere within the ground, with excellent acoustics and home fans singing on both sides of the away section.

The atmosphere is boosted by a huge bare-chested drummer, located at the back of the home section. Though seating is some distance from the pitch, views of play from the away are reported as excellent. There have been few complaints over catering, with a good range of quality food available. Stewarding is also reported as efficient, yet unobtrusive. One or two fans have questioned the design of the gent’s toilets, where a zigzag entrance slows down “traffic” flow, especially at half-time.

Your comments about Leicester City – King Power Stadium


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  1. John

    We parked in Leicester Rugby Club car park for about £5 and then walked the 10 minutes or so to the ground.

    The Walkers stadium looks really impressive from the outside, and once inside, you really get a feel for the sheer size of it. However, you also get the feel of it being an “identikit” stadium not unlike many other new stadiums currently springing up over the country.

    I found the stewards to be incredibly friendly and helpful – as the away allocation had not sold out, we were told “ignore your tickets, sit anywhere you like” as we went in – Worlds apart from the allocated seating Hitlers you get a some grounds.

    I was disappointed with the lack of atmosphere created by the home fans. “Welcome to the Leicester Library” came the chant from the away fans. No response at all from the home fans.


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  3. Rich

    we parked up in a residential area on the western outskirts of city and took a bus along Hinckley Road into the Braunstone Gate area of Leicester. We had no problems getting a drink in that area at its various bars, including the Black Horse – which served a good range of beers (although we weren’t in colours our accents were a slight give away). The bonus was that this area was a short walk along the River Soar from the ground (certainly nearer than the city centre). There was a good atmosphere in the ground, led by the 3,250 away supporters in the corner and a small section of home fans to our left, who were being led by a large fella with tatooos and a drum (it’s good to see that it’s not just Newcastle that have this type of follower!) The large away following stood throughout the game and we were never asked to take our seats by the stewards – the stand did seem to move quite alot under the weight of the pogo-ing fans but I guess this is a design feature of this otherwise featureless, but functional stadium! My only complaint was the time it took to get out of the stadium at the end of the game – you are a long way from the exit if your seat is at the top of the stand (I’m just glad we didn’t have to get out in an emergency!)


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  5. Anthony Campbell

    got the train into Leicester from Sheffield. greeted at the station by a large police presence which didn’t seem that necessary, but they were helpful as they pointed us in the direction of the ground. we grabbed a few drinks in the counting house which seemed to be friendly and had a good selection beers at reasonable prices. didnt really have too much choice of pub as other pubs near the ground were rumoured not to be away fan friendly. i found the walkers to be one of the better of the modern stadiums, seemed to be well built and one side of the ground had a glass exterior which looked pretty cool. view of the pitch was pretty good and there was a great noise coming from the blades faithful. the atmosphere inside the ground was good, home fans were singing both sides of the away allocation and the home fans behind the goal also seemed pretty lively. despite the stupid design of the toilets the concourse facilities were ok. able to get away from the ground pretty easily, but heard rumours of minor scuffles between fans after the game, so its recemmended that you keep colours covered around the ground and in the city centre.

    overall it was a good away day, but nothing special


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  7. durston

    i thought the pies were lacking meat and my wife said they were scabby and not worth the money but there was not much leg room 🙁 also the stewards had a go at me for bringing my own packed lunch in the stadium which is ridicolous


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  9. John

    Went to the Leicester v SWFC game in March 2013 with my wife,daughter 16 and son 13. We travelled to Leicester by train and from the station a short taxi ride to the Counting House pub, as we were advised it was “away friendly”. Beer and food reasonably priced, staff very pleasant and no problem getting served even when really busy. No problem in the pub with both sets of supporters mixing well.
    Police were very obliging on the way to the ground and advised which way to go.On arriving at the ground it seems small compared with Hillsborough, but a tidy well planned out stadium.
    In side the ground my only critisism was the toilets. One entrance in and out and very small and when it was busy it was bedlam.
    The view inside was very good even though away fans are situated in a corner. Atmosphere was excellent from both sets of supporters, as usual they both have their idiots (throwing of a smoke bomb from one set of supporters to the other)
    After the game both sets of fans come out together, didnt see any trouble as we did the 20 minute walk back to the train station.
    Overall impressed with Leicester City and its supporters also with the local police and the stewards. Would recommend a visit, just make sure youve been to the toilet before you go in.


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  11. Linda Brailsford

    Cup Match 25th September 2013 Travelled by official coach all coaches had to park at motorway services for a police escort to the ground which amused the lorry drivers and made a spectacle in the streets of Leicester, estimate 19+ coaches. Ladies toilets were very poor for a new stadium, not very clean and smelly !!
    Good view of the pitch even if we were in the corner, excellent away support in fine voice but not a great home crowd and they can only sing when they are winning !!
    Disappointed the stewards were slow in reacting to assistance required twice by Derby supporters during the match but they made a great job of standing outside the ground waiting for us to leave safely again with police escort to the motorway.
    It was an experience never to be forgotten due to the volume of coaches, flashing blue lights and police motorcycles but not a ground that will be in my TOP 40.


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    • stu

      You only had a decent following that night Linda because your coaches were paid for by Derby.

      I’m sure you won’t sell out for that Friday night. Again.


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  13. Harriet

    Can someone tell me what the executive seating is like at the King Power Stadium because I am going soon and I need to know, thanks x


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  15. susan

    Our first time to the king power stadium and the journey from stoke was really easy to get to, the coaches 24+ dropped us off right outside the stadium. We went to the counting house pub which is easy to get its about a 10min walk but it gets really busy. We had no problems with the home fans in fact we was all drinking together and it felt very comfortable. We stayed outside because it was full inside. At the back of the pub is a morrisons and what most people did was to go over morrisons and buy some cans and drink them outside (great idea because it would take too long to cue up to get another drink).
    The stadium is lovely and the view was good, not too high up!
    The atmosphere was brilliant from both sets of fans, plenty of singing and good banter, just how we like it! What made it even better was our 1-0 win but taking nothing away from leicester we had a brill day and would definitely go again.

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