Leicester City Stadium Guide | England Rugby Travel

Leicester City Stadium

Leicester City Stadium was officially opened by former Leicester striker Gary Lineker on 23 July 2002. The first game at the new stadium was a friendly against Spanish team Athletic Bilbao in 2002. The first competitive match took place six days later between Leicester and Watford .

Leicester Tigers have played six matches at the stadium, including a 2005 Heineken Cup semi-final, which they lost to Toulouse and a 2006 quarter-final in the same tournament, which saw them defeated by Bath. The jinx was broken by a win over Llanelli in a European Cup semi in 2007 and they've since got revenge over Bath at the ground. In 2006, to celebrate the centenary of Springbok overseas tours, the stadium hosted a World XV v South Africa contest.

The stadium hosted multiple pool matches for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Local Pubs

Due to its proximity to the City Centre, there are simply too many establishments to list fully. However, if you are looking for something a stones throw away from the stadium, there are a couple of pubs to choose from that should suit your needs.

The Swan and Rushes is highly recommended by fans due to its proximity to the ground, although it can get extremely busy on match days. If you are looking for good food, the Soaring Eagle Spur Steak & Grill is famed for its freshly-grilled bar food including burgers, ribs and hotdogs and it's just a few minutes walk from the stadium.

Local Attractions 

As one of England's largest and most diverse cities, Leicester is not short of things that will keep you entertained. From great restaurants to family activities and historic buildings and museums, there is something for everyone to enjoy during their visit.

The nightlife of the city is second to none thanks to the huge student scene. Maiyango, one of the top cocktail bars in Leicester, is attached to the Maiyango hotel and restaurant.

The city centre is also not short of shops. If a bit of retail therapy is what you are looking for, head to Highcross Leicester, the city's glitzy shopping mall with big-name brands or Leicester Market which is home to over 300 stalls selling everything from clothes and electronics to organic food.

Undoubtedly Indian Cuisine is big in Leicester, and if you are a fan of a good curry you will not be short of choices. Head to the City Centre for the pick of the best food during your visit.

If history or architecture is your preference, a visit to Leicester Cathedral is a must. Make sure you check out the striking carvings on the roof and beautiful designs of the interior. Entry is free, and you can take part in an hour long tour at 2pm from Monday to Saturday. Leicester Castle is also a top pick.

Did You Know? 

The Stadium was originally named after a very well known crisp brand (we won't give it away, but as Gary Lineker opened the stadium you can probably give it a good guess!) but was renamed in 2011 when the club's new Thai owners christened it as King Power.