Premier League football club Leicester City has today (Thursday) revealed the first renderings of its planned expansion of King Power Stadium as public consultations for the project officially opened.

The proposals, first revealed by Leicester last month, will see the stadium’s capacity increased from 32,000 to 40,000, with additional seats to be installed in the East Stand.

Architecture firm KSS is responsible for the design of the development.

The wider project also includes the construction of a new multi-purpose event and entertainment arena, club megastore, 220-room hotel, club and commercial office space, a residential tower, and a new multi-storey car park.

The first public consultation opened to fans at 2pm today and runs until 7pm, with further consultations to run from 10am to 5pm tomorrow and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, when Leicester hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers at the King Power Stadium.

All materials are also available online, with fans invited to provide their feedback by September 2. Leicester is hoping to submit a planning application in the autumn.

The club said that the developments further underline Leicestershire’s reputation as a “365-day destination” that will support the regeneration of the area. A video narrated by former Leicester striker Gary Lineker has been released today alongside the new renderings.

The feedback obtained from the public consultation with the local community, local businesses, supporters and key stakeholders will help inform decision-making as the plans evolve, with Leicester hoping to deliver a major events destination that can support the club’s continued growth.

King Power International, which owns the football club, has long spoke about its ambitions to enhance the team’s facilities and expand the stadium.

Legends International was appointed by Leicester in August 2019 to carry out market research that was intended to underpin plans for the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium.

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