Leicester’s planned stadium expansion will see the King Power become one of English football’s biggest grounds.
The FA Cup holders will confirm plans next month ahead of a public consultation as the Foxes aim to add an additional 8,000 seats to the East Stand to take them to a total of 40,000.
If the planning is successful, their current home would become the 10th largest stadium among the current Premier League sides.
At their current official capacity of 32,312, Leicester have the 20th biggest arena in the top 92 teams of the English football pyramid.
But if current expansion plans are approved they would move up nine places to 11th, ahead of the likes of Sheffield United, Derby, Leeds and Everton – although their new Bramley Moore Dock Stadium will eventually be a 52,888-seater.
“Leicester City Football Club can confirm that initial plans for the expansion of King Power Stadium’s capacity to 40,000 and significant developments to the surrounding area will be shared with the public in August 2021,” a club statement read.
“The unveiling of initial plans, which are a key element of King Power International’s long-term commitment and vision for the football club, will be followed by a period of public consultation throughout the summer and early autumn.
“In addition to the increase in capacity, preliminary plans will include a 220-room hotel and a multi-purpose event and entertainment arena.
“There are also proposals for a new Leicester City retail space, residential and commercial space, and multi-storey car parking facilities – enhancements to the site that can further the evolution of both the football club and the city.”
The plans would see 8,000 seats added to the East Stand, with a new club shop, residential building and car-park also included in the proposals.
Leicester had an average attendance of 32,021 for the Premier League title-winning campaign of 2015/16 and currently have the 13th biggest capacity in the division.
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