New light is today shed on plans to incorporate one of Britain’s biggest-ever casinos into a redeveloped West Stand at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.
As reported in Saturday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, United are among five parties that have lodged bids with Leeds City Council for a licence to run the so-called ‘new generation’ gaming complex.
The football club confirmed on Friday that their casino would be part of a redeveloped West Stand but no other details about the scale of the scheme were made public at that time.
Now, though, licence bid documents submitted to the council have revealed:
* The redeveloped West Stand would be about seven levels tall;
* The casino would be spread over two floors, with around 3,500 square metres of gaming space;
* The stand would have three tiers of football seating, complete with new executive boxes.
United chief executive Shaun Harvey has said the bid is part of a push to make Elland Road a venue “capable of staging world-class events”.
Documents lodged with the council also pinpoint the site that one of United’s rival bidders, Grosvenor Casinos, has earmarked for the gaming complex if it wins the licence race.
Publicly referred to last week as simply Quarry Hill, the actual location is a patch of land bound by Eastgate, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Playhouse Square.
Grosvenor’s application says it also wants the site to be home to two hotels.
Potential locations lined up by the other bidders include Leeds’s new Eastgate Quarters development and the former Majestyk nightclub on City Square.
Leeds is among eight places that have permission to license ‘large’ new generation casinos.
They will be three times the size of the current UK norm, with up to 150 slot machines offering maximum jackpots of £4,000.
Confirmation of Leeds’s successful bid for licensing rights coincided with the axing of plans for a bigger supercasino in Manchester.