Rangers v Man Utd in race for new casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Rangers Football Club will take on the likes of Manchester United and Birmingham City in the race to land the UK's first supercasino.Representatives of Las Vegas Sands Ltd, headed by Sheldon G Adelson, the US billionaire, arrived in Glasgow yesterday to assure the city's business leaders that a £200m casino plan for Ibrox was still viable.The government has ruled that the UK will get just one Las Vegas-style complex, with Blackpool odds-on favourite.But the Las Vegas firm, which recently unveiled plans for similar projects in Manchester and Birmingham, said the Rangers project was very much alive.Rodney Brody, UK representative of Las Vegas Sands, said the legislation initially allowed for one development of the size proposed at Ibrox, but there was scope for licences to be granted across the UK where there was demand.

He said: "We believe that the Govan area is an ideal location for a development of this nature and one which will bring significant benefits not just in terms of entertainment, but sustained demand for local business, employment for those looking for new careers and regeneration for a significant part of the city."Lesley Sawers, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said there was no reason why Glasgow should not benefit from being the first location to have a regional-size complex in the UK.Ms Sawers added: "A project such as this has the potential to create more than 2000 jobs, bring an additional £30m to Scotland year on year and help develop Glasgow as a key tourist destination."Las Vegas Sands has teamed up with Rangers to propose the casino near Ibrox stadium. The planning application alone cost around £1m and is still being considered by Glasgow City Council.

In April, just before the general election, the government dropped plans for nine regional supercasinos, with as many as 1250 slot machines capable of paying out up to £1m.Rangers Football Club will take on the likes of Manchester United and Birmingham City in the race to land the UK's first supercasino.Representatives of Las Vegas Sands Ltd, headed by Sheldon G Adelson, the US billionaire, arrived in Glasgow yesterday to assure the city's business leaders that a £200m casino plan for Ibrox was still viable.The government has ruled that the UK will get just one Las Vegas-style complex, with Blackpool odds-on favourite.But the Las Vegas firm, which recently unveiled plans for similar projects in Manchester and Birmingham, said the Rangers project was very much alive.Rodney Brody, UK representative of Las Vegas Sands, said the legislation initially allowed for one development of the size proposed at Ibrox, but there was scope for licences to be granted across the UK where there was demand.

He said: "We believe that the Govan area is an ideal location for a development of this nature and one which will bring significant benefits not just in terms of entertainment, but sustained demand for local business, employment for those looking for new careers and regeneration for a significant part of the city."Lesley Sawers, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said there was no reason why Glasgow should not benefit from being the first location to have a regional-size complex in the UK.Ms Sawers added: "A project such as this has the potential to create more than 2000 jobs, bring an additional £30m to Scotland year on year and help develop Glasgow as a key tourist destination."

Las Vegas Sands has teamed up with Rangers to propose the casino near Ibrox stadium. The planning application alone cost around £1m and is still being considered by Glasgow City Council.In April, just before the general election, the government dropped plans for nine regional supercasinos, with as many as 1250 slot machines capable of paying out up to £1m.Rangers Football Club will take on the likes of Manchester United and Birmingham City in the race to land the UK's first supercasino.Representatives of Las Vegas Sands Ltd, headed by Sheldon G Adelson, the US billionaire, arrived in Glasgow yesterday to assure the city's business leaders that a £200m casino plan for Ibrox was still viable.The government has ruled that the UK will get just one Las Vegas-style complex, with Blackpool odds-on favourite.But the Las Vegas firm, which recently unveiled plans for similar projects in Manchester and Birmingham, said the Rangers project was very much alive.Rodney Brody, UK representative of Las Vegas Sands, said the legislation initially allowed for one development of the size proposed at Ibrox, but there was scope for licences to be granted across the UK where there was demand.

He said: "We believe that the Govan area is an ideal location for a development of this nature and one which will bring significant benefits not just in terms of entertainment, but sustained demand for local business, employment for those looking for new careers and regeneration for a significant part of the city."Lesley Sawers, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said there was no reason why Glasgow should not benefit from being the first location to have a regional-size complex in the UK.Ms Sawers added: "A project such as this has the potential to create more than 2000 jobs, bring an additional £30m to Scotland year on year and help develop Glasgow as a key tourist destination."Las Vegas Sands has teamed up with Rangers to propose the casino near Ibrox stadium. The planning application alone cost around £1m and is still being considered by Glasgow City Council.In April, just before the general election, the government dropped plans for nine regional supercasinos, with as many as 1250 slot machines capable of paying out up to £1m.

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