A NEW bingo club will be opening next to the Kassam Stadium.

Club 3000, which calls itself as the 'largest independent bingo operator in the UK', has applied for a bingo licence for the Kassam Leisure Complex.

The current plan is to open the club in February 2021.

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It will be the operator's 20th bingo club nationwide.

Club 3000 will provide players with a ‘luxury venue’ and give away ‘the highest prize money at the lowest cost’.

The club will also create 40 jobs, which will boost the local economy.

Brian Fraser, owner of Club 3000, commented: “We are delighted to extend our portfolio of clubs to 20 and bring the Club 3000 brand to Oxford in February 2021.

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“This is a great venue and community, and we are excited to offer customers a fabulous bingo experience in a first-class, modern and secure environment.

“We promise something special to look forward to - both for regular bingo lovers and new customers.

“The completely refurbished club will not only offer bingo lovers a fantastic new experience but also bring much-needed jobs to the local area especially during this very challenging time.”

The news comes after Buzz Bingo was forced to close its Bingo Hall at the Kassam Stadium in July.

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Buzz Bingo had to close 26 of its halls nationwide and put 573 jobs at risk as it said it expected ‘an unsustainable operating environment for the foreseeable future’.

Chris Matthews, chief executive of Buzz Bingo, said at the time: “The ongoing pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for the entire leisure and hospitality sector and an immediate and significant impact on our business.”

There are currently only four premises licensed to offer Bingo across the county.