Leicester City helicopter crash: Renaming King Power Stadium after late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha being ‘considered’

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Foxes chiefs, including son Aiyawatt, are reportedly discussing ways to remember the Thai billionaire following his tragic death

Leicester bosses are reportedly considering re-naming the Premier League club’s King Power Stadium after Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as a tribute to their late chairman.

The 60-year-old was one of five people who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Saturday, which has devastated everyone connected with the team.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

Leicester have called the disaster the ‘darkest day’ of their club’s history and tributes have poured in for the popular 60-year-old from across the world of football.

On Monday, son and vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was joined by his mother, Aimon, at the stadium as they laid a wreath during an emotional morning, which also saw Leicester players join the mourners.

Having invited supporters and well-wishers to sign a special book of condolence at the stadium, the club are now said to be in discussions about how to best remember Khun Vichai.

And, according to ESPN and sources within the club, one of the suggestions has been to re-name Leicester’s home ground in the late chairman’s honour.

It is claimed son Aiyawatt will hold talks with Leicester chief executive Susan Whelan this week about their plans to celebrate his father’s life.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha greaves with Leicester stars Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha greaves with Leicester stars Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel

The stadium currently holds the name of Srivaddhanaprabha’s King Power retail empire, but it is claimed Aiyawatt and senior members of the King Power Group are in favour of renaming it the Khun Vichai Stadium.

A King Power spokesperson has confirmed that details of tributes to Srivaddhanaprabha will be revealed in the coming weeks, and that a statue could also be erected at the stadium.

“What is important now is to give the Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power and Leicester City family time to grieve,” a statement from the company read.

“In due course we will release memorial details and are touched by the public outpouring of support and condolences.

Thousands of flowers, cards, shirts and scarves have been laid outside Leicester’s stadium

Thousands of flowers, cards, shirts and scarves have been laid outside Leicester’s stadium

“The King Power Stadium is already a celebration of Khun Vichai’s successful business and we would be open, with family, club and supporter consultation, to discussing a name change in Khun Vichai’s honour.

“We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club.”

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