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The History of The King Power Stadium

The history of the King Power Stadium might have been very different had it not been for a certain 2015-16 season.

Home to Leicester-City since 2002, The Foxes moved to their new home once their old one, Filbert Street, had become too small for purpose.

Filbert Street had been their home for more than 111 years, and had been developed sporadically during that time.

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It had always been a fairly small ground – it’s record capacity was 47,298 back in 1928 when it was still a standing ground.

After the Hillsborough disaster, the Taylor Report was published in 1990, which stated that every stadium in the top two tiers of English football had to be all-seated.

Leicester complied with the ruling and this took Filbert Street’s capacity down to just 21,500.

It was initially thought that this number may be just enough. However, manager Martin O’Neill and the squad had other ideas and started to be more successful on the pitch.

After first gaining promotion to the Premier League in 1996, they went on to claim four successive top ten finishes and their first silverware in 33 years.

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All this success meant that crowds continued to grow, and Filbert Street was no longer large enough.

The Walker’s Stadium as it was known in 2002, had a much larger capacity of 32,000 but the FC would begin life in their new home from Division One as they had just been relegated.

They won promotion back to the Premier League in 2003 only to be relegated again the following season. Worse was to follow when they were relegated to the Third Division in 2008.

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It would prove to be a turning point. Leicester won promotion to Division One at the first time of asking and stayed there for five seasons before gaining promotion to the PL once more.

In 2010 they were bought by a Thai consortium and in 2011 the stadium was rebranded The King Power stadium. But the best was yet to come.

When was the King Power Stadium built?

The King Power Stadium was built in 2002. The stadium is 17 year’s old as of 2020.

Leicester City FC

Leicester City FC were formed in 1884 and were originally known as Leicester Fosse F.C.

They began playing on a field near Fosse Road and moved to Filbert Street in 1891.

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They were elected to the Football League in 1894 and officially changed their name to Leicester-City in 1919.

They have had wildly different fortunes in their 133 year history winning only 3 Football League Cups, 1 FA Charity Shield and have been relegated numerous times.

They have also won 8 divisional titles, and these vary from the 3rd tier all the way up to the PL.

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Leicester City Win Premier League

The FC were promoted to the Premier League in 2014 and finished 14th at the end of the 2014-15 season.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, bookmakers made them one of the favourites for relegation and gave odds on them winning the PL at 5,000-1.

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It’s worth noting that at the time, only 5 other teams had managed to win the Premier League in its 23 year history.

Match of the Day pundit and ex-Leicester City player Gary Lineker said that if they won, he would present the show in his underwear.

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Leicester would win the Premier League with a massive ten points advantage over second-placed Arsenal and made worldwide headlines.

Many pundits called it the greatest sporting upset of all time. Gary Lineker was as good as his word. See the report here:

Leicester City Manager

Leicester City’s manager for this phenomenal achievement was the charismatic Italian Claudio Ranieri.

He was praised for his good humour, inspirational leadership and winning mentality.

He did this by having an acute tactical awareness and frequently took the pressure off his players, even to the extent of taking them out for champagne and pizza midway through the season as a team building exercise.

He was voted the 2016 Manager of the Year by the League Manager’s Association, and the Barclays PL Manager of the Season, as well as the Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit Award, the equivalent of an English Knighthood.

He was sacked in February 2017 after a run of bad results, much to the disgust of the supporters.

The current Leicester City Manager is Claude Puel, who is a French manager and former player.

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Leicester Players

Another vital cog in that Premier League winning side was Jamie Vardy. Jamie Vardy is one of the most well-known Leicester players.

During that 2015-16 season, Vardy scored in 11 consecutive PL matches breaking the record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy and was voted PL Player of the Season and the FWA Player of the Season.

When Vardy joined in 2012 he was valued at $1 million. On the strength of this season, by June 2016 he was valued at £22 million. He did have talks with Arsenal but chose to stay with The Foxes.

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Leicester City Champions League

Thanks to that winning season, the FC were eligible for the Champions League for the first time.

They proved that the Premier League title wasn’t just a fluke and reached the quarter-finals stages of the Champions League, finally being knocked out by the eventual runners-up of the competition, Atletico Madrid.

See a stage by stage breakdown of their progress here:

Leicester City Stadium

Leicester City stadium tours are available almost all year (with the exception of match days, of course).

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The King Power Stadium tour is popular for a number of fans. Tickets can be found on the official website, or by using the following link:

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If you think it would be a shame to visit the King Power stadium and not manage to experience the atmosphere of a match day, why not visit the official Leicester-City homepage and purchase tickets now.

There are details of how to purchase home tickets, away tickets, season tickets, hospitality tickets and Fox Membership tickets.

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