Leicester now has its own edition of Monopoly just in time for Christmas
The first exclusively Leicester-based edition of the popular board game Monopoly goes on sale today, just in time to be the centre of family arguments this Christmas.
There have previously been Leicestershire and even Leicester City Football Club editions of Monopoly, but now there is a brand new version that features landmarks from around the city.
The new set is being launched today at the Morningside Arena, the home stadium of the Leicester Riders. The basketball team are among many notable Leicester institutions to have their own spot on the board (taking the spot of Pall Mall from the original).
Rachel Gallis, the head of ticketing and engagement at Leicester Riders said:
“We are over the moon to have been invited to feature.
“As one of four major sporting organisations within the city, it is an honour to be included.”
Other notable Leicester landmarks and institutions featured on the new Monopoly board include The National Space Centre, The King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester Cathedral and Leicester City Football Club.
Each of these four were considered to take the prized Mayfair spot on the board, but after much deliberation the spot was given to the Richard III Visitor Centre.
The visitor centre was delighted with the decision, with the centre’s director Iain Gordon saying:
“We are so thrilled to have been selected for the Mayfair property space in the Leicester Monopoly game, especially against such strong competition.
“It’s good to know that Richard III still holds sway in Leicester after 530 years. Long live the King’s story!”
The game’s most affordable spaces are taken up by the Thomas Cook building and the Clock Tower, which takes the traditional Old Kent Road spot.
The Monopoly money has also been changed to reflect Leicester, with a small crown and a football featuring on the notes – symbolising the role of Richard III and the success of Leicester City FC in helping to put the city on the map
Other Leicester locations included on the board include: Abbey Park, Victoria Park, the Golden Mile, the Clock Tower, Leicester Mercury, Curve Theatre, Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester Tigers and many more.
The Chance and Community Chest cards have also been given a Leicester twist. For example, one of the Chance cards sends the player back three spaces for getting scared while visiting the tomb of King Richard III:
The new Leicester edition of Monopoly is on sale today for £29.99 and is available from stores including WH Smith, Waterstones and The Works.
See the full list of spaces on the Leicester Monopoly board below…
- Old Kent Road – Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower
- Community Chest – Leicester Mercury Newspaper
- Whitechapel Road – Thomas Cook Building
- Kings Cross Station – Leicester Airport
- The Angel Islington – Knighton Park
- Euston Road – Victoria Park
- Pentonville Road – Abbey Park
- Pall Mall – Leicester Riders
- Whitehall – Leicester Tigers
- Northumberland Avenue – Leicester City Football Club
- Marylebone Station – Leicester Bus
- Bow Street – Boost Trampoline Park
- Community Chest – Wishes 4 Kids
- Marlborough Street – Haymarket Shopping Centre
- Vine Street – Golden Mile
- Strand – Malcolm Murphy Hair
- Fleet Street – LeicestershireLive
- Trafalgar Square – Smith Brothers Stores
- Fenchurch St Station – Leicester Taxi
- Leicester Square – Curve Theatre
- Coventry Street – New Walk Museum
- Water Works – Buy a Pukka Pie
- Piccadilly – Leicester Cathedral
- Regent Street – Jubilee Square
- Oxford Street – University of Leicester
- Bond Street – Jewry Wall
- Liverpool St Station – Leicester Train Station
- Park Lane – National Space Centre
- Super Tax – Lumbers Jewellers
- Mayfair – King Richard III Visitor Centre