Leicester Riders venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at the Leicester Arena, home of the Leicester Riders in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation ∙ ? Previous visits

? Address

Leicester Arena, 31 Charter Street, Leicester, LE1 3UD

? The venue

Opened in January 2016 having been built at a cost of £4.5m and highly commended for being a strive forward for the BBL. Leicester Riders Foundation owns the Arena company, which has a 125-year lease on the site from the council, meaning the Riders teams have full access to their own facilities, unlike other BBL clubs who hire their home venue on matchdays. The Arena is also a truly purpose-built basketball venue and features permanent Riders branding on the seats and decoration around the building.

? Seating

Capacity: 2,400. Padded flip-down seating on all four sides of the court.

? Tickets

The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Where seating is allocated, tickets bought through the visiting team are usually grouped together behind their bench.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home team. Prices are a little more expensive this way.

? Food and drink

Hot dogs, nachos, Pukka pies and burgers are available inside the arena. Food and drink – including draught lager and local Everards Tiger Copper Ale, bottled lagers and Kopparberg cider – is available from the Granby and Victory bars found in the far corners of the arena. The Kevin Routledge Suite upstairs is advertised as being open before and after the game, with appearances from the Riders players, serving up more food and drink options, though may be restricted for hospitality use.

A number of Indian restaurants are nearby.

The much-improved city centre is less than a mile’s walk away and has lots of places worth checking out.

? Izzy’s vegan choice: The Orange Tree pub on the High Street has plenty of vegan options on the menu. I recommend the southern fried tempeh & sweet potato stack burger. It’s also suitable for meat eaters and vegetarians. For other suggestions, visit HappyCow or download their app. ??

? Entertainment

Hotshot the horse is Riders’ mascot. Permanently open-mouthed, Hotshot is believed to be in constant pain. His endless screams to be spared the ongoing torture of life through the final indignity of the glue factory have been rebuffed over the years by Drew Sullivan, who demands that Hotshot gives nothing less than 100% dedication to the basketball mascot profession.


Photo © Graham Hodges

? Public transport

Leicester railway station is just under a mile’s walk from the venue.

Detailed information on getting to the venue by bus, cycle or on foot available on the Leicester Arena website.

? By car

Sat nav reference: LE1 3UD

Detailed directions on the Leicester Arena website.

? Parking

No parking is available at the venue, besides disabled parking. Various car parks within a 15-minute walk are advertised. Free parking is available after 6pm at Belgrave Circle/Melton Road. Home fans have recommended industrial units beside the venue with empty parking spaces; venue stewards should be able to direct you. Recommended car parking on the Leicester Arena website.

? Accommodation

A number of city centre hotels are available including The Campanile across the road from the venue.

? Previous visits

  1. Sat 12/11/2016: Leicester Riders 67 – 76 London Lions (BBL Cup Quarter Final)
  2. Sun 07/05/2017: Leicester Riders 72 – 55 London Lions (BBL Playoffs Semi Final 2nd Leg)

I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.