Leicester City Football Club and the King Power Stadium:
Leicester City is an English professional football club based at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. Having been crowned champions of the Football League Championship in 2013-14, the club was promoted to the Premier League.
Founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse, the club played on a field near Fosse Road, moving to Filbert Street in 1891 where the Foxes would play for the next one hundred and eleven years. In 2002, the nearby Walkers Stadium became the new home of the Foxes. In July 2011, the club confirmed that the Walkers Stadium would be known as the King Power Stadium, reflecting the change of sponsorship.
The all-seater stadium now has a capacity of 32,500, with up to 3,000 away fans seated in the north-east corner of the corner. As you’d expect from a modern stadium, views are unobstructed, although fans are quite a way back from the pitch. The usual range of food and drink is available in the concourse areas, where television screens are displayed.
How to get there:
A journey to the King Power stadium from Birmingham will take in the region of 50 minutes.
Postcode for sat nav users: LE2 7FL
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With residents only schemes in operation, on-street parking around the ground is very limited and you may find yourself having to walk for ten – fifteen minutes.
One option is to park at The Huntsman Pub, which can be found next to Iceland at 203 Narborough Road, LE3 0PE. Forty spaces are available here and all-day parking costs £3. The pub is approximately ten minutes from the ground.
Alternatively, you can park at one of the business car parks at Freemans Common Business Park, where parking costs either £3 or £4, with proceeds in aid of the MS Therapy Centre.
Crosscountry services run on a half-hourly basis from Birmingham New Street to Leicester and an off-peak return tickets costs £13.30. The journey takes between 51 and 58 minutes, depending on the service you board.
The train station is located in Leicester city centre, approximately twenty-five minutes’ walk from the stadium. A walking route is signposted.
Where to drink:
There are a range of pubs in Leicester happy to welcome Villa fans tomorrow.
Close to the station, Granby Street is a good starting point.
You’ll find a Wetherspoon’s called The Last Plantagenet at 107 Granby Street, LE1 6FD, where meals are also served.
Also on Granby Street, at number 149, is The Barley Mow.
Australian-themed Walkabout is also on Granby Street (30-32) and fans can book a table there to watch the Sunderland v Liverpool game.
Across the road from the train station, another option is The Hind at 49 London Road, LE2 0PD, which has been fully refurbished.
The Counting House at 40 Almond Road, LE2 7LH is family-friendly and offers a range of real ales.
Another family-friendly option is Symphony Rooms at 121 Burnmoor Street, LE2 7JL.
The Local Hero at 84 Aylestone Road, LE2 7LB will serve food all day.
The Huntsman Pub at 203 Narborough Road, LE3 0PE, has special offers available throughout the day, with pints of Carling and Fosters priced at £2.50.
Alcohol will also be served at the ground, although the sale of alcohol may be withdrawn if standards of behaviour deteriorate.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, have a great day! Up the Villa!