Leicester City have released images showing the dramatic changes it wants to make as part of its expansion plans for the King Power Stadium.
The 2016 Premier League winners want to add another 8,000 seats and build a new 15-storey 220 room hotel and business centre, as well as a 6,000 capacity indoor arena at the ground for conferences, concerts, indoor sporting events and live performances.
The arena could be linked to the new East Stand and hotel via a footbridge.
The club recently completed a public consultation into the plans to make the stadium site, on the outskirts of the city centre, what it called a “365-day destination”.
They include extending the East Stand and adding a distinctive new bubble design cladding, creating new club and commercial office space, adding multi-storey parking and building a 234 apartment, 20-storey residential tower block.
Subject to planning permission, the earliest possible completion date for the East Stand work would be summer 2024.
The club said every effort will be made to maintain stadium capacity throughout construction.
The club said plans to extend the ground have now been submitted to Leicester City Council, and said the application was expected to be discussed by the council’s planning committee during the first few months of 2022.
Since revealing the development plans in August, the club said it has purchased a site previously owned by energy company EON, to the east of the ground.
A planning application has also gone in for the demolition of the buildings currently standing on that bit of land.
City say that site does not form part of the current application but would be an “additional asset” to consider for future development.
In a statement, Leicester City said it has already applied for permission to start some early enabling works, prior to the main application being determined.
It said: “Since introducing its proposals to the public in August, the club has completed the acquisition of a further property adjoining the site, previously occupied by EON.
“While this area does not form part of the current hybrid planning application, its acquisition will enable the club to consider its potential role in the site’s future development in due course.
“The club extends its thanks to its external project team – including project managers Legends International; planning and development consultants Turley; and architects KSS – for their ongoing contributions, and Leicester City Council for its participation and consideration for the project to this stage.
“Having now shared our proposals with a diverse range of stakeholders in the city, the club’s belief in the project’s transformational potential has been strengthened.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our community partners towards the realisation of that vision.”
The new planning applications will be subject to further public consultation carried out by the council.