Why 22/23 Community Shield game won’t hold at Wembley

Leicester City’s King Power Stadium will have the unusual task of playing host to a game not involving the Foxes this afternoon as Premier League champions Manchester City take on FA Cup winners Liverpool in the Stadium.

The duo will be competing for the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser for the Premier League season. The silverware has been in Leicester’s possession for the last year after Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty saw them overcome Manchester City one year ago.

That game was played at Wembley Stadium, where the showpiece event usually takes place. But it is different this year with both Liverpool and Man City fans descending upon Leicester to take in the match.

Why is the game not at Wembley?

The game is not being played at the national stadium due to the final of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 taking place just 24 hours later. The game will see England’s Lionesses take on Germany in a bid to be crowned champions of Europe.

With the winter World Cup in Qatar pushing the Premier League start forward by a week, the decision was taken to move the Community Shield away from Wembley due to the sell-out Women’s final.

The Community Shield was last moved away from Wembley Stadium 10 years ago, due to the London 2012 Olympic games. Villa Park was chosen as the new venue for the event on that occasion.

Why the King Power Stadium

Despite having a lower capacity than some of the other possible venues including the Emirates Stadium, Elland Road and the London Stadium, the location of the King Power Stadium was one of the main reasons for the decision.

The central location of Leicester will make it easier for fans of both clubs to travel down, especially given the current climate over rail travel. Rail strikes are expected to impact on fans trying to make their way to games this weekend.

The fact that Leicester City are the current Community Shield holders could have also had an impact on the decision, with the club ready to hand the silverware over to whoever wins the weekend’s clash on their home turf.

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