West Park has been selected as the Old Kent Road of Wolverhampton’s new Monopoly board which will launch in October, it was announced today.
Creators had issued an appeal for people to come forward with suggestions for the spot which is the cheapest place on the traditional Monopoly board.
It is the first landmark to be officially announced for the city version of the game and ideas for locations to be included on the board are said to have been flooding in from around the world. But organisers say West Park has secured a coup by being placed on one of the best known and most talked about slots on the board.
West Park had been tipped to take the Mayfair slot but organisers say the thinking is, putting it on Old Kent Road will help to keep the beauty spot green as players can’t make much money from developing that site on the board.
The rest of the locations are being kept under wraps for now but Molineux, The Civic Hall and even the Express & Star could all figure.
Dan Taylor, head of custom games at Winning Moves UK which is producing the board, said: “West Park has landed a massive coup by appearing on Old Kent Road.
“The position is one of the most talked about and high profile locations on the Monopoly board. It is a plum and prestigious spot.
“We will be keeping the vast majority of the board close to our ‘community chests’ until we launch the game but we have decided to announce this site first as it is the very first location on the board.
“More than 2,000 landmarks, streets or roads could potentially have appeared on the board. Realistically around 220 were in the running so many congratulations to the 22 who made the final cut.” News of the Wolverhampton Monopoly board emerged earlier this year and people of the city were asked to vote which of the city’s landmarks should go where.
When voting closed, makers revealed they were oversubscribed for all the locations but said there were less for Old Kent Road than there had been for more expensive locations like Mayfair and Park Lane.