Anew Monopoly board based on Exeter is now available in retailers.
Hasbro Games launched the new version of the popular board game at a press event at The Hall on Stepcote Hill by Exeter’s Quayside.
Landmarks across the city will feature on the board, with Exeter Cathedral and the Guildhall occupying the premium Mayfair and Park Lane spots. Exeter Chiefs and City and the main transport hubs of Exeter St. Davids train station and Exeter airport will also be included.
Exeter University is placed in the green section of the board which normally would be occupied by Bond Street.
The new version of the game has courted controversy during its development, as Exeter has been seen by some in the city as too posh for the lowest grade real estate Old Kent Road and Whitechapel Road.
The lower rent space on the Exeter version is taken up by Stepcote Hill on account of its history as a once-deprived area.
Rosie Denham, speaking to XTV News, from Exeter City Council said: “The excitement, enthusiasm and passion of people for the city meant that we got the most votes for an Exeter edition of Monopoly.”
Lorraine Langdon, the Centre Manager at the Exeter Library felt that their inclusion on the board would be a significant boon for them: “It certainly raises our profile. There’s going to be a lot of promotion surrounding the board as a whole, and to be part of that is a huge advantage to everyone on the square, but particularly for Exeter Library.”
Monopoly: Exeter Edition was released in shops on Wednesday, priced at £24.99.