The 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.
How to get to the King Power Stadium
The 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.
The 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
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
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.
Where to Park?
There 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
The 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
The 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, high-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.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the King Power Stadium?
Most 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 about 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.