Leicester City confident game will go ahead against Middlesbrough
Leicester City will do all they can to ensure tonight's Championship clash with Middlesbrough goes ahead, head groundsman Ed Mowe has pledged.
Heavy snowfall is forecast to hit most of Britain today with up to 25cm predicted in some areas and Mowe said the club had been preparing for the wintry weather.
City have a proud history of games going ahead at the King Power Stadium, despite bad weather, and only one game has previously fallen victim, in 2007.
A team of snow clearers and gritters will be working frantically today to ensure that if the game is postponed, it won't be because of the conditions in and around the ground.
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"We have got undersoil heating and that is keeping the pitch at around 10 to 12 degrees," said Mowe, who has been on the City groundstaff for 16 years.
"It shuts off when it reaches that temperature but then kicks up again when it drops, like a household boiler. So the pitch should be okay.
"It looks like Friday will be a busy day. We have about 30 stewards on stand-by to help with snow clearing and the council are coming in to grit the stadium.
"The ground-staff and maintenance lads will also be out there gritting and shovelling, if needed.
"We have everything in hand as much as we can to get areas clear.
"We have only ever had one game called off at the King Power and that was out of our hands, when the roof of a nearby hotel blew off.
"The only concern will be the surrounding areas. We have everything covered as much as we can but other than a real freak heavy snow storm we should be okay.
"Everything is in place and it is just a waiting game now to see what happens.
"The forecast has slightly improved in the last 24 hours in terms of how much snow is predicted, but we just have to wait and see."
City's home clash with Millwall has been moved to Good Friday, March 29 (kick-off 7.45).
The fixture, which was originally scheduled to be played on March 30, is live on Sky.