QPR’s Loftus Road stadium will be renamed The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium from the start of the 2019/20 season.
The official unveiling of the new stadium name will take place when QPR play their first competitive fixture of the new campaign.
Fans were invited to nominate a local charity which would be gifted the naming rights of the stadium. From those nominations a short-list of five charities was drawn up by the club for supporters to select their preferred choice.
Receiving more than 63% of the overall votes, The Kiyan Prince Foundation was the unanimous winner.
Kiyan Prince was a promising footballer in the QPR academy who was tragically stabbed to death outside his school when he broke up a fight on 18tMay 2006. He was just 15.
His father, Mark, set up The Kiyan Prince Foundation to educate young people about the devastating consequences of knife crime. He said:
I can’t tell you what this means to Kiyan’s mum, to me, his brothers and sisters, his friends and people who have been supporting the work we have been doing.
Kiyan was a very special young man. We hear many stories about his kindness and good nature so to have the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium at a place where his skills were honed is a dream come true.
It means so much and only confirms the relationship that I know I have with the QPR fans. They always give me their support. This gives us so many opportunities and we have to make sure we capitalise on them. Kiyan would be blown away by what is going on.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said:
From the outset we wanted fans to nominate a local charity which has had a strong impact on our community, and The Kiyan Prince Foundation has certainly done that.
With Kiyan’s connection to QPR, there is already a very close bond between the club and the charity. We will be looking to strengthen that over the coming months while helping to enhance the impact and reach of their fantastic work. I am delighted for Mark who is an inspiration to us all.
Meanwhile, a public consultation into the future of the Linford Christie Stadium has closed.
QPR supporters, local residents and stakeholders across W12 have been taking part to say there should be a major development involving QPR – option 3 in the consultation – to keep the club in W12 for the long term and provide new community sports facilities for local residents.
The consultation began at the end of March and QPR’s full consultation response asking for a 30,000 seater community stadium was published in April.