This afternoon, when Manchester City and Liverpool square off in the King Power Stadium in Leicester City, the stadium will have the uncommon duty of hosting a match that does not involve the Foxes.
The Community Shield, the customary opening match of the Premier League season, will be the object of the duo’s competition. Leicester has held the trophy for the past year after defeating Manchester City with a last-second penalty one year ago.
Wembley Stadium, the site of the main event, hosted that game. But this year is different since supporters from both Man City and Liverpool have descended upon Leicester to watch the game.
Why is the game not at Wembley?
Due to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final taking place only 24 hours after the game, the game is not being played at the national stadium. England’s Lionesses will play Germany in the match in an effort to win the title of European champions.
The Community Shield was moved from Wembley owing to the sold-out Women’s final since the winter World Cup in Qatar pushed the Premier League start back by a week.
Due to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Community Shield was last relocated away from Wembley Stadium ten years ago. On that time, Villa Park was selected as the event’s new location.
Why the King Power Stadium
The King Power Stadium’s location was one of the primary factors in the choice, even though it had a smaller capacity than some of the other potential venues, such as the Emirates Stadium, Elland Road, and the London Stadium.
Given the current state of train travel, it will be simpler for supporters of both clubs to travel down given Leicester’s central location. Fans hoping to get to sports this weekend are likely to experience problems due to rail strikes.
The decision may have also been influenced by the fact that City is the current Community Shield champion, and the club is prepared to award the trophy to the victor of this weekend’s match on their home field.