First look at Leicester’s Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha tribute statue

A wonderful site of tribute, remembrance and pilgrimage will be made at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, as beloved late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s statue is being built.

It will be two years in October since the devastating loss of Leicester City owner Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, in a helicopter accident at King Power Stadium. The Blue Army showed its collective sadness at the time and for a long while after. With the former chairman honoured in many, many ways by legitimately bereaved fans.

Srivaddhanaprabha took the proud but modestly sized club from the footballing wilderness back into the big time – and the Foxes won, incredibly. A Premier League title was never even dreamed of on Filbert Way. But inevitably was made a magical reality for the eternally grateful people of Leicestershire.

Affectionately known as ‘The Boss’, Khun Vichai had a particularly strong affinity with Leicester City supporters. Being revered doesn’t come cheap: he gave and gave to the city and its people as a philanthropist. Hospital, charity, the unfortunate, communities and children all benefitted from the Srivaddhanaprabha family’s generosity.

Leicester City’s ‘The Boss’ statue

Current Leicester chair Khun Top announced over a year ago that there would be a statue built in honour of his father at the ground. That decision was met with delight from the Foxes faithful, naturally.

Now the media has released details of the 2.7m bronze model construction, for which the club has applied for planning permission. Additionally, it will feature the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation logo, along with blue stone and will be illuminated at night.

You can see an image of the planned dedication, which is expected to be outside the club shop, over at BBC.

There is no date for the unveiling of the tribute yet; it has most likely been delayed due to the coronavirus.