THE COVENTRY edition of MONOPOLY – to celebrate the 2021 UK City of Culture year was launched this morning and is now available to buy.
At a special event at the Coventry Building Society Arena, the game pays tribute to the unique city which boasts three cathedrals – one of the sets players can collect on the board.
The makers of this new MONOPOLY: Coventry Edition game are Winning Moves UK, who over the last 25 years have produced official MONOPOLY customised boards spanning the world from Sydney to South Africa, Dubai to Dublin, Palm Springs to Plymouth and now Coventry, to mark and add to its UK City of Culture celebrations!
Ella Gibbs, from Winning Moves UK, said: “A very BIG congratulations to Coventry’s wonderful cathedrals for ‘Passing GO’ in this way.
“This is the first time ever we have produced a game anywhere in the world with a set of cathedrals.”
In 2002 Coventry did get its own board.
At that time the makers just about had to roll the dice as to who would land on Mayfair – the Cathedral or the Godiva Statue.
In the end, in that edition the top ranked square went to the Cathedral.
But this time round Lady Godiva has grabbed Mayfair.
Ms Gibbs said: “In between Lady Godiva and The Elephant Building (which is Coventry’s ‘Old Kent Road’) are the ‘great and good of Coventry’.
“These include – The Burges, The Belgrade Theatre and the Coventry Building Society Arena, where the game is being launched.
The Arena – home of Wasps and Coventry City FC – gets to land on a pink square in the game, replacing Northumberland Avenue from the game’s classic London original.
Wasps play in black and gold and the football club are famously nicknamed the Sky Blues – however in this MONOPOLY game, both are in the pink! And the price to buy the Arena? Just 160 MONOPOLY dollars.
Adam Benson, Wasps’ chief commercial officer, said: “A bargain at that price!
“We are delighted to be launching the Coventry Monopoly Board at Coventry Building Society Arena and continuing to celebrate the 2021 City of Culture.”
The has gone on sale today – available at all good toy and book stores including Asda, Ryman, Waterstones, The Works and WH Smith – as well as extensively online, including on Amazon and Booghe.