Leicester to consider renaming stadium in honour of tragic Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

LEICESTER are to consider renaming their stadium in honour of tragic Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The former owner of the Foxes was killed along with four others when his helicopter crashed to the ground last Saturday evening.

Leicester could rename their King Power ground in honour of late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
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Tearful Leicester players joined Srivaddhanaprabha’s family yesterday to pay respects to the late billionaire who led the club to their shock Premier League win in 2016.

SunSport revealed fans have already called for a statue to be erected in his honour.

And now it appears the King Power Stadium could bear his name as well, report ESPN.

Vichai’s son Aiyawatt, who is expected to become the club’s new chairman, will hold talks with chief executive Susan Whelan later this week about how best to remember Vichai.

The King Power ground could soon have a new name
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Aiyawatt, along with other senior members of the King Power Group, are in favour of renaming the King Power Stadium, the Khun Vichai Stadium.

Fans want it to happen too. One said: “It’s fair to say they should rename the stadium in honour of him. The Vichai Stadium. He put Leicester on the map.”

Another posted: “It would be an incredible gesture.”

The club is also set to build a new £78million training facility that will bear his name.

The ground is currently a sea of tributes to the late chairman
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A change.org petition has been set urging the club to change the name of their ground and has so far gained almost 2,000 signatures.

A King Power spokesperson said: “The King Power Stadium is already a celebration of Khun Vichai’s successful business and we would be open, with family, club and supporter consultation, to discussing a name change in Khun Vichai’s honour.

“We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club.

“What is important now is to give the Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power and Leicester City family time to grieve.

“In due course we will release memorial details and are touched by the public outpouring of support and condolences.”


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