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Birmingham Bid Faces Competition

22 September 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – Birmingham's bid for a regional casino was set to come under pressure today with the launch of a rival multi-million pound project in Coventry.

"Executives from an American gaming company and Coventry City Council were unveiling plans for what they hope will become the UK's first super-casino at the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City Football Club.

"The Ricoh bid has the full backing of Coventry City Council and is expected to gain the support of local MPs. The venue could open by the end of 2006.

"…The backers of the Ricoh casino, who have dubbed themselves the Coventry Now Campaign, are urging Coventry people to write in support of the scheme to MPs, Government Ministers and the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott…"

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