Busy day ahead as Leicester prepares to host FA Community Shield
Published on Thursday, July 28, 2022
LEICESTER is preparing to welcome football fans from all over the country on Saturday (30 July), as FA Cup winners Liverpool take on Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Community Shield.
With Wembley hosting Women’s Euro 2022, the curtain-raiser to the new football season will be played at the King Power stadium this year.
In the build-up to the 5pm kick-off, the city’s roads are expected to be extremely busy, with the number of fans travelling by car – previously expected to be around 14,000 – now likely to increase due to the planned rail strikes.
Anyone planning to drive into the city on Saturday, particularly in the afternoon, is advised to allow extra time for their journey, or to travel by bus if that is an option.
City Highways Director Martin Fletcher said: “With the majority of fans expected to travel to the game by car, there could be more than 7,000 extra cars on our roads on Saturday, all looking for a space to park.
“The planned rail strike will almost definitely increase the number of vehicles heading here, especially as fans are coming from all over the country and not just from the north-west. There will also be a large number of football coaches heading for the area around the stadium.
“Please bear this in mind, if you’re planning on driving into the city centre on Saturday (30 July), and either allow extra time for your journey – and be prepared for car parks to be busier than normal – or use bus or park & ride services, if possible.”
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said the city was looking forward to hosting the prestigious match, which will be shown live on ITV on Saturday.
“The FA Community Shield rarely takes place away from Wembley, so we’re very proud to host this high-profile fixture that puts the city at the centre of the footballing stage once again,” he said.
“Visiting fans will be given a warm welcome, and we hope to see many of them back here again in the near future – and not just for the football,” he added.
Anyone looking for a hassle-free journey on a busy day could leave their car outside the city centre and use one of Leicester’s Park & Ride services instead.
Green, clean, electric buses leave the Enderby, Meynell’s Gorse and Birstall Park & Ride sites every 15 minutes from 7am on Monday to Saturday. Parking is free and a return ticket for everyone in the car is just £3, with the last buses leaving the city centre at 7pm.
Those driving into the city centre should look out for the real-time parking information that’s displayed on the approach roads to the city, which will help them find an available space.
Motorists should follow @ATCLeicester for real-time traffic, travel and parking information.
Picture caption: Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel with the trophy in 2021