Leicester City on Sunday 27th August 2016 15:00
Address: King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL
Telephone: 0844 815 6000
Web Site: www.lcfc.co.uk
What’s It Like
Swans fans are in the North East corner; the view of the pitch is good, but seats are set well back from the pitch. The concourse is comfortable and there is your normal range of football food there including burgers, hot dogs and pies.
TV screens are in the concourse showing the game going on within the stadium. The gents toilets are badly designed with a narrow ‘zig zag corridor’ entrance which delays people entering or exiting. The atmosphere in the stadium will be good, with the home fans usually vocal and relaxed stewarding. From the far upper seats of the away section, the view is pretty good, though from there, it’s quite a way from the action.
Expect to be treated heavily handed by the local plod around the stadium and possibly even ‘frog marched’ from the train station to the ground. Fans are often ‘guided’ into a pub & ‘asked’ to drink up at 60 minutes before kick off.
Richard III has been in the news lately with the visitor centre giving loads of information at http://www.kriii.com.
De Montfort Hall (LE1 7RU) is another one of the smaller venues that only schedule entertainment from September to March. On the Thursday at Leicester Racecourse (LE2 4AL) there’s racing; entry is £14 (free entry for under 18’s) and gives access to many areas including the Parade Ring & Winners Enclosure.
The Friday brings Nicholas Nickleby to The Guidhall (LE1 5FQ); tickets are £12.50. If you like a bit of Motown, on the night of the game at 8pm, £19.95 buys you a 3-course meal and Motown music from Rachel Paul at James Café Bistro (LE1 4SX), book on 0116 251 3323. Sunday, Horace Brown performs R & B at the Music Café (LE3 5NH); tickets are £15 with entertainment from 9pm – 2am.
There are many hotels in the city centre to suit all budgets and tastes and Visit Leicester is a good place to start planning your visit.
Hotels near the stadium
Pubs & Grub
The ground can be walked from the city centre (15-20 minutes), where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Most of the pubs near to the stadium are home fans only. In particular ‘The Symphony Rooms’ and ‘The F Bar’ pubs should be avoided. The ‘Half Time Orange’ pub over the road from the away end is a members-only Leicester City bar.
A good pub is the ‘Counting House’ (LE2 7LH) welcomes home and away fans, with all the normal facilities on offer. The pub is towards Staples, past the Local Hero pub (LE2 7LB) which now accepts away fans, and the Mecca Bingo Hall.
The ‘Font’ (LE2 7DP), on Gateway Street, near to the hospital is quite big pub, and busy with home and away fans. It offers a wide selection of beers, including real ales and good value match day food, and is a 15 minute walk away from the away end. Those arriving by train ‘The Hind’ (LE2 0PD) pub is across the road from the station serves real ales. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium.
There’s street parking to be found around the Upperton Road area and streets running off the A5460 by the railway bridge, a 15 minute walk away but some residents parking has started. You can park at Leicester Rugby Club (£3), a ten minute walk away.
Saffron Lane Sports Ground car park, a five minute walk away is £3.50. There are 300 spaces on a first come, first served basis, open 2 hours before kick-off.
The station is in the city centre with a heavy Police presence is around a 25 minute walk, with the ground signposted. Trains leave Swansea 09:13, 10:21 & 11:10 for the 4.5 hour journey, although the 11:10 is cutting it fine to get there before kick-off.
Coming back you need the 18:19 (if you run), 18:50, 20:19 and 20:50 trains.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!