The University of Leicester renames buildings after Leicester City stars

Posted by rmt22 at May 13, 2016 03:37 PM |

Just two weeks after turning the campus Royal Blue for the #backingtheblues campaign, we are once again pledging our support for Leicester City Football Club as the city stages one of the biggest parties it has ever seen.

On Monday 16 May an open top bus parade and party in Victoria Park will mark the Foxes’ momentous achievement in becoming the champions of England for the first time in the club’s 132 year history.

We will mark the occasion by renaming our buildings for the day after the members of this title-winning side. The Attenborough Building, which towers over the campus, will be renamed the Jamie Vardy Tower, after the striker’s towering performances this season. He’s pulled off some spectacular saves this season, but the Kasper Schmeichel Centre for Medicine is aimed at saving lives rather than goals.

Our Archaeology team discovered Richard III under a car park, and his reinterment has been linked to the rise in Leicester City’s fortune, so their building will be named after another King, long-serving midfielder Andy King.

It’s been said that N’Golo Kante works at a sub-atomic level, occupying more than one place at a time, which makes him the perfect fit for the Physics and Astronomy building. The Bennett Building, which hosts the Geology department behind the ‘Vardyquake’ phenomenon, will be named the Leonardo Ulloa Building after the Argentinian who made the earth move when he scored a late winner against Norwich at the King Power stadium in February.

The brains behind the operation will give his name to our library for the day, as David Wilson is swapped for Claudio Ranieri, and the Fielding Johnson Building, home to our Leadership Team, will be named for another fearless leader, the indomitable Wes Morgan.

Dave Hall, the University’s Chief Operating Officer and Registrar, said: “We hope that renaming our buildings conveys the sheer pride that the University and the city have in the players and staff behind Leicester City’s momentous season in winning the Premier League title for the first time. We share in their joy and that of Leicester City Women who won the Women's Premier League Midlands Division One title with a 100% record - winning 22 games, scoring 93 goals and conceding just 19.

“We are doing the renaming of buildings as a one-off, but we hope Leicester City’s achievement isn’t.”

You can view a map of the whole campus with all the renamed buildings here, and you can read more about the parade at the City Council website and on our own announcement.

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