Walkers would hold 40,000 for World Cup
Leicester City's bosses are putting together plans which show how the capacity of the Walkers Stadium could be increased in order to bring World Cup football to the city.
The club's chairman Milan Mandaric and chief executive Lee Hoos visited Wembley yesterday, with leading councillors, to formally confirm Leicester's interest in hosting matches, if the FA's bid to bring the tournament to England in 2018 or 2022 is successful.
Ross Wilmott, front, and from left , Tess Booth, Alistair Reid, Nick Carter, Andy Robinson, Deborah Rose and Jason Ross off to Wembley
Leicester faces competition from another 14 cities – including Nottingham and Derby in the East Midlands – who are vying to be part of the world's most-watched sporting event.
However, the city's leaders are determined to try to reap the international attention and financial benefits that hosting World Cup matches would bring.
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Leicester's bid team now have until November 6 to submit details of how the city and county would host the tournament.
It will need to put forward details on where festivals for fans could be held, as well as where competing teams would be able to stay and train.
Fifa requirements mean City's Walkers Stadium would have to be developed from its current 32,000 capacity to being capable of holding at least 40,000 fans.
A number of extra seats would also need to be provided for the VIPs and the world's media.
City chief executive Mr Hoos said yesterday: "We will now be working with the technical guys to draw up some plans.
"We are in the fortunate position. We have a stadium that can be extended on three sides."
It is thought that building on top of the east stand would add 8,000 to the existing capacity. The west stand – where the corporate boxes are housed – was the only one built without further development in mind.
Chairman Mr Mandaric is keen to increase the capacity to 40,000 once City become an established Premiership side.
However, the club has not revealed how it would pay for the expansion if it wins the bid to host a World Cup match, but fails to reach the top flight.
Leicester will find out if its bid has been successful in December this year and Fifa will decide on host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups a year later, in December 2010.