Leicester

King Power Stadium: Leicester City wants to stage more major events

Leicester City Football Club has submitted an application to the city council to allow more major events to be held at the King Power Stadium.

The planning permission would permit the stadium to host up to 12 major events a year.

The events would include concerts with a capacity of up to 36,000 spectators.

The club said the move would "immeasurably strengthen Leicester's ability to compete as a host for events of major international significance".

The club has withdrawn an earlier planning application which included permission to host a regular Sunday market.

The stadium opened in July 2002 as the new home of Leicester City following the club's move from Filbert Street.

In the past 11 years, it has hosted international football, European Cup rugby and a Thai boxing event, the club said.

The stadium will host three of the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool matches.

King Power Stadium was bought by Leicester City's owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, in March 2013 from a US pension fund manager.

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