- May 4th, 2012
LEEDS United has confirmed plans to bid to run a “super casino” at its Elland Road ground.
The club is one of five bidders lobbying Leeds City Council for permission to operate the facility in a redeveloped West Stand.
Documents submitted to the council have disclosed that the redeveloped stand would be about seven levels high, with a “next generation” casino on two floors, with around 3,500 square metres of gaming space. The stand would also accommodate three-tiered football stadium seating.
United chief executive Shaun Harvey says the bid would make Elland Road a venue “capable of staging world-class events”.
Leeds is among eight towns and cities with permission to license the big new casinos, three times the size of the current UK norm, with up to 150 slot machines offering jackpots of up to £4,000.
But it is by no means certain that the complex would be built at Elland Road, and other bidders have earmarked alternative sites.
Grosvenor Casinos has nominated land between Eastgate and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and others have suggested the former Majestyk nightclub near Leeds Station.