The club plays its home games at Welford Road Stadium, the address of which is actually Aylestone Road. The total ground capacity is currently 24,000 I think!
On 11 June 2007 the club announced plans that it was working with AFL, who were involved in redeveloping Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium for a redevelopment plan which will raise the capacity of their Welford Road stadium from 17,498 to 25,000 by 2011.
In the summer of 2008 Work began on the construction of the new North Stand – called the “Caterpillar Stand” after the club’s main sponsor. The work was completed for the first home game of the 2009/10 season against Newcastle Falcons. The Caterpillar Stand has room for 10,000 spectators along with a 1,000 seat hospitality suite. On the ground floor of the Caterpillar stand is the Final Whistle bar where no ticket is required for entry.
Lived in Leicester in the early 90′s and found it a strange city which lacked a centre but it may have changed, though I’m not counting on spending too much time there. Does have a huge number of exceptional curry houses though!
How to get there.
The easiest is to fly to East Midlands from the City airport using BMI Baby but these will more than likely get booked up early. An alternative is using the same company to Birmingham and getting a train across with tickets available for around £15 return if you book in advance via the trainline.com. There are also stacks of flights to Heathrow from Belfast and regular trains to Leicester taking about 2 and a half hours. Make sure you book your train ticket well in advance or it will end up costing more than your flight.
It’s also a fairly straight forward drive from Stranrar/Cairnryan down the M6 or M1 taking 5- 6 hours during the day or 3 – 4 hours at night without being too challenging.
We’ll get on to the Leicester supporters club and find out what the pre and post match activities are so check back later.