The sound of rolling dice, rustling banknotes and intense negotiations will reverberate around campus this weekend after the University secured a top spot on a world-famous board game.
Featuring in a new, special edition of Monopoly, the University will occupy the prestigious set of green properties, synonymous with London’s Bond Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street.
It joins other prominent Stirling landmarks and attractions, such as the Castle and Wallace Monument, in the new game, as well as the Robert the Bruce statue, Andy Murray’s golden postbox and Stirling Albion Football Club.
Welcoming the announcement, Astrid Smallenbroek, President of Stirling Students’ Union, said: “Monopoly is one of the world’s most iconic board games and it is great to see the University of Stirling feature in this new, special edition of the game.
“As one of Scotland’s most historic cities, I can think of no other better deserving of its own Monopoly game – and I am delighted that the University will be featured on the board on one of the prestigious green lots.
“I trust this new game is going to be popular with the people of Stirling and among the University’s staff and students alike.”
The new game, launched at Stirling Castle by Mr Monopoly, is unique as it features a second jail – Stirling Old Town Jail – and includes customised Chance and Community Chest cards.
Emma Lodwick, Custom Games Executive at manufacturers Winning Moves UK, said: “The board is a celebration of Stirling and we would like to thank everyone who has voted for the landmarks that appear and star on it.
“The game is themed in sets – ten sets in all, following a public vote. We’d like to thank everyone who voted in general and also for the Mayfair spot in particular which was the fiercest fought of any Monopoly game we have ever produced. Such is the abundance of crown jewels in Stirling.”