Student Ball celebrations

Advice is being issued regarding restricted access on campus during this year’s Student Ball.

A total of 6,000 students are expected to descend on the area in and around the University Union on Saturday 2 June to enjoy a packed programme of entertainment, including live music, DJs, stalls, fairground rides and games. 

The seventh annual event will start at 9pm and finish at 6am on Sunday 3 June.

The site extends from the Michael Sadler building through to the bridge in University Road. There are a number of central areas the event will make use of, including University Road, University Square, Clothworkers’ Court area, the precinct and central green area.

While the site will be closed from 6pm on the day of the Ball, access through it will be maintained during the build-up.

Equipment and attractions, including a giant Ferris wheel and stretch tents, will be installed from 6pm on Thursday 31 May onwards, and alternative routes will be signposted when temporary closures are implemented. Disabled access will also be maintained.

Stephen Keeble, Head of Commercial Operations at Leeds, said: “This is a really important event for students; one of those key moments in their journey through University life.

“We stage this event as a celebration of their time at Leeds, but we’re also mindful other people will be using campus at these times, so we will try to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

Buildings in the area will be accessible to staff up to 6pm on Saturday 2 June on presentation of their staff identity card. Any member of staff wishing to access the site after 6pm should contact the security office on 35494 or call in at 183 Woodhouse Lane. 

There is likely to be some congestion on campus near the taxi ranks and drop-off points at Cromer Terrace, University Road entrance and outside the Parkinson building.

More detailed information about campus access will be released nearer the time.

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