The first game played on the new stadium, then
named Walkers Stadium, with a 10 year sponsorship deal agreed, was against
Athletic Bilbao. The game ended 1-1. The first player to score at the
stadium was Athletic Bilbao player Tiko, the first Leicester City goalscorer
was Jordan Stewart.
The stadium was a grand all seater stadium, that could host both rugby and
football games, and for a number of occassions rugby has been played at the
premises. But the stadium is in regular used for football and the only club
to play here is Leicester City FC.
City managed from day one to increase the number of visitors to the ground,
being able to get attandances from 25 000 to 30 000 on a regular basis. That
made it possible also to believe that the ground would be packed as soon as
Leicester City returned to the top level, being relegated in the season
before the stadium was officially opened.
City played Watford in their first official league game. Brian Deane scored
both goals in the 2-0 win. During that first season, being relegated from
Premier League the season before, the collapse of tv fundings and a transfer
market that was ruled for the first season with windows, made it difficult
for the club and the current owners to keep the club alive.
Leicester City went into administration, but as we all know and what the
history tells us, City managed to climb back to the Premier League, getting
the club reorganised, finding new owners, and establish the financial part
as well, so that the club could continue to play on.
In 2011 the ground changed name to King Power Stadium. The stadium is
located at the Freeman's Wharf premises and the address is Filbert Way.
The ground is today hosting Premier League football and has done that since
2014, when the club came back up after 10 years out of the top flight, even
playng at level three for one season. Plans to increase the capacity to 42
000 has been announced, and hopefully both the stadium and the club has a
great future under the ownership of King Power.