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Top 5 East Midlands Sports Venues

1. King Power Stadium

Once the famously named Walker Stadium but now the King Power, the home of Leicester City is the 19th largest stadium by capacity in the whole of England. It is the home ground of Leicester, currently in the Premier League and has the capacity to seat up to 32,262 fans. It also provides a home for the Leicester Tigers in Rugby Union and it’s a short 20 mile drive up the M1 from the airport in your Easirent hire car. Whether you’re a Foxes fan or joining the rival crowds, the King Power is happy to have you.

2. Cadwell Park

Furthest from the airport but definitely worth a visit for fans of superbikes and motorcycles, Cadwell Park is a motor racing circuit up in Lincolnshire not far from Louth. It belongs to the MotorSport Vision Company and it is a popular choice for those looking to watch the bikes navigate some seriously tricky corners around this challenging course. It is used regularly in the British Superbike Championship, with the round in early August bringing in the crowds and driving up to Cadwell Park should take just under 2 hours.

3. Trent Bridge

Used as a cricket ground since the 1830s, Trent Bridge is a Test-standard, one-day international and County Cricket Ground. It is located in West Bridgford in Nottinghamshire and also provides a HQ for the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. It has been used for a wide range of events on the international cricket calendar including playing a role in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. It is famous for being the place where Sachin Tendulkar also passed the 11,000 run mark in the npower 2nd Test in 2007 and it was also the place where Ashton Agar received the highest ever test score by a no.11 batsman in his debut for Australia in 2013. Trent Bridge is just a short 12.5 mile drive from East Midlands Airport so cricket fans can get to the ground with ease.

4. Pride Park

Pride Park, known officially as the iPro Stadium due to sponsorship has been the home of Derby County FC since 1997. It has capacity for 33,597 fans and it is the 16th largest football stadium in the whole of England. The ground has also played a role in matches in cup competitions including one full England international game and the 39th FA Women’s Cup Final, where Arsenal beat Sunderland. Derby County call the ground home though and currently they’re sitting comfortably in the Championship, vying for promotion to the Premier League.

5. Nottingham Racecourse

Nottingham Racecourse is based at Colwick Park which is close to the River Trent and just under 2 miles from the centre of Nottingham. It is a thoroughbred horse racing venue which actually features one course inside another, both of which measures around 1.5 miles round and the course is popular with horse racing fans but also those who are just planning a one-off day out at the races. Jump in your hire car and you’ll be at Nottingham Racecourse in under 25 minutes.

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