Casino and bid and West Stand development...
The club has applied for the large Casino licence available in the City, along with 4 other potential venues.
It is not the intention of the club to operate the Casino ourselves, but for a specialist partner to do so. Initial conversations have already taken place with several potential partners and further discussions are now envisaged.
The Casino would be around 3,500 square meters and be spread over two floors within a redeveloped West Stand.
The redevelopment of the West Stand would see a new upper tier and executive boxes introduced as part of the ambitions of turning Elland Road into a stadium capable of hosting world class matches and events. An Architect's impression of how it could look is included.
If successful, the Casino would compliment the hotel development for which planning consent is in place and further enhance the unique nature of the Conferencing Facilities already in operation at the stadium.
Elland Road is adjacent to one of the major routes into the City, the M621, and is also bordered by the Leeds-London rail link. This development would raise the profile of South Leeds and could hopefully be the catalyst for further development/improvements in the area including significant job creation opportunities.
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive said, 'The potential of the Casino coming to Leeds United is an exciting one and fits perfectly within our business plan of increasing revenue streams on non-matchdays, both in isolation and to compliment, either our existing facilities or those that are planned. The increase in non-matchday income will allow us to further invest on the field to see the return of Premier League football at Elland Road.'
The club are being advised by Paddy Whur of WoodsWhur Solicitors, Bob Taylor of DLA Design Group and Nick Ferris of Jones Lang LaSalle, with construction input from Caddicks.