Expansion will take ground’s capacity to 40,000

Leicester City FC - KSS

Leicester City has unveiled plans to expand its home ground and redevelop the surronding area.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions made the plans public at a consultation event held yesterday afternoon.

The plans will include proposals for the addition of 8,000 seats at King Power Stadium, taking the capacity to 40,000, as well as a 220-room hotel and a multi-purpose event and entertainment arena.

The scheme has been designed by KSS Group, the architect that also helped design the club’s £100m training ground. Its first big project was designing Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground in the 1990s - a project that was set to be replaced by Herzog & de Meuron’s gothic-style brick cathedral before owner Roman Abramovich pulled the plug.

It is understood that Leicester’s new stand will be built behind the existing stadium, and then adjoined during an off-season. A similar approach was used at Liverpool’s Anfield ground a few years ago. KSS also designed the rebuilt stand there.

Leicester City FC - KSS (1)

There are also proposals for a new Leicester City shop, residential and commercial space and multi-storey car parking facilities.

In-person consultation events will be held today and tomorrow ahead of the club’s 3pm match against Wolves.

The online consultation will be open until September 2.

The project follows the completion of the club’s new training ground, which was built by McLaren.