Leicester supporters bid for special stadium status

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A group of Leicester City supporters have applied for the club's stadium to be registered as a "community asset".

The move would allow the Foxes Trust to bid for the King Power Stadium if the owners tried to sell it in the future.

Old Trafford in Manchester and Anfield in Liverpool have already been listed under the new Localism Act and several other supporters' trusts are trying to follow suit with their clubs' grounds.

Leicester City Council has eight weeks to respond to the request.

Power to the people

Fans at King Power Stadium
  • King Power Stadium is owned by the Thai-based Srivaddhanaprabha family
  • The stadium was purchased for £17m from an American pension fund manager in March 2103
  • The ground was previously known as Walkers Stadium
  • It has been Leicester City's home since 2002 when the 111-year-old Filbert Street closed
  • AFC Wimbledon moved from south London to Milton Keynes in 2002 despite opposition by supporters
Wimbledon move

A statement from the trust said: "A successful listing would mean that, should the owner of the asset wish to sell, they will be required to notify the council and the Foxes Trust, who will then have six weeks to lodge a non-binding expression of interest."

Fifteen other supporters trusts around the country are attempting to have their stadiums registered, the trust said.

Foxes Trust Chairman Ian Bason said: "The fear of any football fan is that the club they have supported all their life is suddenly moved to another location.

"It happened at Wimbledon many years ago and more recently at Coventry.

"Such decisions give scant regard to how they affect the lifeblood of the club - its fans."

Mr Bason said there was "no reason to believe that King Power has plans to sell the stadium or club".

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