Leicester City are considering plans to develop the King Power stadium.
Reading the last programme of the season at Leicester City fans were drawn to the words of club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who spoke of the possibility of stadium development as the club grows, but nothing was said firmly to fans to suggest that it was a priority.
Moving on a couple of months and the Leicester Mercury are suggesting that plans have reached a reasonably advanced stage on what an expanded King Power stadium might look like with a second tier East stand, and a rise in capacity from 32,000 to 42,000 has been suggested.
The architect for the project has been named as Dan Meis of Meis Architects who are based in New York and Los Angeles, and the local paper reports that the company is also working on stadium expansion designs for Everton, Roma and AFC Bournemouth.
Leicester City’s need to grow has seen the fast forward button hit after they won the Premier League and found themselves in the Champions League. They harbour ambitions of getting back into Europe and to capitalise on that magical season in 2015-16, they need to grab hold of the new fans that they will have attracted.
However, there is plenty of caution in the Foxes’ words whenever they talk about the ground expansion. They purchased the land behind the East stand in 2013 to make the expansion possible, but they have hurdles to overcome.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha commented in the final day Leicester v Bournemouth programme last season: “Such decisions require thorough due diligence to ensure it will be a financial benefit to us in the long term.
“The atmosphere at King Power stadium and the power of our fans to contribute to an occasion has been among our biggest strengths in the last seven years. A decision on the stadium development would potentially have an impact on that,” he added.
It is exciting to see a product like the Premier League doing so well, and clubs like Leicester City are thriving. Their aim will be to stay close on the heels of those challenging for European football and with a bigger stadium the Foxes may find that easier to achieve again.
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