22 Wolverhampton hotspots make mark on eagerly-awaited Monopoly board
Molineux, the Civic Hall and Dudley Zoo have all gone up for sale – in a new Wolverhampton version of the world-famous Monopoly board.
The long-awaited board was officially launched today, with the full list of city landmarks to take a place on the board revealed.
With its own Monopoly board, Wolverhampton joins the likes of London, Chicago, Milan and Berlin.
A total of 22 city landmarks – plus nearby Dudley Zoo – feature on the board, which is now on sale in time for Christmas.
Wolverhampton Market, British Mensa, the Express & Star and the Grand Theatre are among the buildings and businesses to make the final cut.
Game gurus have been out on the streets of Wolverhampton asking people what should appear – and said there was a hotly-contested battle for the prime spot usually occupied by Mayfair.
That honour has gone to Wightwick Manor, although organisers have revealed it was a 'roll of the Monopoly dice' between that and home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux.
Promoter of the Wolverhampton Monopoly Board Graham Barnes, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the board and it's a big thank you to everyone in Wolverhampton and beyond who suggested the landmarks.
"The football club was one of the most popular suggestions, as was the Civic Hall and the theatre. Wightwick Manor is the Mayfair of the board but it really was a roll of the Monopoly dice between Wightwick Manor and the football club."
Creators said the city had been in its sights for some time.
But the people of Wolverhampton were adamant it should not be 'too Birmingham'.
"We also had a lot of people tell us to make sure we don't put anything on that's too Birmingham or Walsall or West Bromwich," said Mr Barnes.
"Dudley Zoo was put on there because the vast majority of the people in Wolverhampton have visited the zoo at some point.
"It's a family game and that's a family attraction."
The Old Kent Road of the board, the cheapest property on there, was already revealed to be West Park.
Game creators said it was a tactical move which would limit interest in the site and keep it green for the future.
The game costs £24.99 and will be available on sale in shops including Toys R Us, Waitrose, Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works.
For your chance to win a copy of Monopoly: Wolverhampton Edition, see tomorrow's Express & Star
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