Leicester City to Play Against Arsenal in Thailand

According to reports in Thailand, Newin Chidchob, the owner of Buriram PEA who are currently leading the Thai Premier League, is trying to get City to face the Gunners to officially open their new stadium in July.

Only a tentative approach has been made to City at this stage, but it is believed the club would be interested in heading back to Thailand for the fixture.

The club’s Thai owners, King Power, have already taken City on a short trip to their homeland earlier this season when Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men took on the Thailand national team.

Chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn and vice-chairman Top Raksriaksorn are keen to turn City into a global brand and help develop football in Thailand through their ownership of the club.

If the trip is successfully organised, City might still be involved in a pre-season tournament in Sweden later in the month.

Meanwhile, chief executive Lee Hoos said the new big TV screens, which are being installed in the Walkers Stadium ahead of the next home game against Burnley, are just a part of plans to improve the match-day experience at the ground.

Hoos said discussions are under way over a variety of improvements at the Walkers, including a possible swipe-card system for season-ticket holders and an LED advertising hoarding, as seen at many of the top grounds in the country.

“There is a lot going on,” he said. “Everyone knows about the big screens we will be putting up. They will become a permanent fixture which will enhance the atmosphere around the stadium.

“We want to look closely at the Family Stand too and make it a true Family Stand.

“An access control system is something we are looking at, as are LED advertising hoardings. We are looking at everything we can do to maximise the experience for fans and sponsors.

“It is about creating a unique experience. I can’t influence what happens on the pitch besides helping Sven bring in the players we need, but there are things around the ground we really can do to enhance the fans’ experience.

“We want to make sure our season-ticket holders get value because they are the prime movers behind the club.

“As Top put it so eloquently last week, the fans and the season-ticket holders in particular are the heart of the club.”

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