Following an incredible 2018 season where they hoisted the D1 Championship and secured promotion to the top tier of the British game, the Leicester Falcons have shared their intent to return to the historic home of American Football in Leicester.
The club are in discussion with Leicester City Council to move their game day venue to Saffron Lane Stadium, formerly the home of the Leicester Panthers who played in the heady early days of the sport in the UK, and whose famous alums include New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and England Rugby legend Martin Johnson.
The Falcons shared via their Facebook page:
“As part of our aim of bringing top-level American Football back into the city of Leicester, the club is in discussions with Leicester City Council about proposals that would allow other sports to be accommodated at Saffron Lane Stadium alongside athletics.
Saffron Lane is the ‘spiritual home’ of gridiron in Leicester and occupies a key spot in British American Football history – it was the chosen venue for the first Britbowl National Championship game in 1987 and 11 subsequent national finals – as well as being the home of the original Leicester Panthers American Football team during the 80s and 90s.
The Falcons have longed to come back to their rightful home – after all, we’re the Leicester Falcons, not the Hinckley Falcons – but the city has lacked a suitably sized venue that can accommodate an American Football pitch. Meanwhile Saffron Lane, while operating as a summer venue for regional track and field athletics, spends long parts of the year under-used and as a result, under-funded.”
The Falcons are calling on fans and supporters of both the team itself and the British game in general, to have their say on the plans over on the Leicester Council website.