LUFC £3m investment

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UK exclusive - Leeds United Football Club is investing in excess of £3m into a new conference and exhibition facility, which it says “will rival Harrogate International Centre and Manchester Central”. The 2,000sqm Centenary Pavilion,is named in honour of the club winning the 1972 FACup Centenary final and the two suites are named after two players that took part in that game, Allan Clarke and Mick Jones. It will be the largest conference and exhibition facility in Leeds and one of the largest in Yorkshire. The space will be able to cater for up to 1,400 people for dinner and 1,600 theatre style. It will also have an apex in the roof, which will be six metres high, and will have a bio-energy drainage system in the kitchen, to follow green guidelines. Conference and events manager, Helen Briden, tells EN: “Having this kind of facility in Leeds will open up new opportunities for organisers to hold much larger exhibitions here than have previously been possible. “We will be directly competing against Harrogate, which is 17 miles away, and Manchester, which is 56 miles away, and going after their market. “Leeds has excellent rail links which mean visitors can get here within two hours from London, which is a fantastic selling point,” adds Briden. Work is to begin on the new facility this May, and due to be completed in September 2010.
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