Leicester City on Saturday 3rd February 2018 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.
There is plenty to see and do in Leicester, with a wide range of visitor attractions and shopping. The city boasts some award-winning venues including Curve, Highcross Leicester and the National Space Centre, combined with the cosmopolitan buzz of the east Midlands region.
If you going for the weekend, try and visit Leicester Cathedral, where Kind Richard III was reinterred in 2015, and the nearby King Richard III Visitor Centre.
There are many hotels in the city centre and some within walking distance of the stadium to suit all budgets and tastes.
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 07:29, 07:59, 08:29, 09:29 and 09:33 for the 4h 25m hour journey, although the 09:33 is cutting it fine to get there before kick-off.
Coming back you need the 17:19, 18:19, 18:50 and 19:50 trains, the latter two will see you arrive back in Swansea at 00:20 and 01:29 respectively.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!