Britain’s Leeds United professional football club wants to develop a 150-slot casino at its Elland Road stadium.
As planned, an entertainment complex would be built at the stadium on seven levels, with a 3,500-square-meter casino spread across two of them. The Champions League club’s chief executive, Shaun Harvey, says that with the new venue the stadium would be “capable of staging world-class events.”
As reported in Saturday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, United is one of five applicants, one of the others being casino giant Grosvenor, that have lodged bids with Leeds City Council for a license to run the gaming complex.
Leeds is one of eight towns and cities with permission to license larger new casinos under the country’s 2007 Gambling Act reforms. The casino would be allowed up to 150 slot machines offering jackpots of up to £4,000.