Leeds Ball 2022 – restricted access on campus

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

Leeds Ball 2022 – restricted access on campus. May 2022

Thousands of students are expected to descend on the area in and around the University Union on Saturday 4 June to enjoy a packed programme of entertainment, including live music, DJs, stalls, fairground rides and games.

The annual event will start at 9pm and finish at 6am on Sunday 5 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, the Clothworkers’ Court area, University Precinct and Central Green area.

Restrictions include:

  • University Precinct and Beech Grove Plaza, from 5pm on Thursday 2 June, to allow for fairground rides to be installed
  • University Precinct and University Square, from 9am to 4pm, and Beech Grove Plaza, from 1-5pm, on Friday 3 June for stretch tents to be installed; and
  • the closure of University Square and Beech Grove Plaza (from 4pm) plus University Road (from 6pm) on Saturday 4 June to 6.30am on Sunday 5 June.

Stephen Keeble, Head of Commercial Operations at Leeds, said: “After the ball was cancelled during the pandemic, it’s really exciting to be able to welcome students back on to campus for 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.”

Access to buildings

Buildings will be accessible to staff up to 6pm on Saturday 4 June on presentation of their staff identity card, although it might not be via the usual route. 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.

LUU will provide signage and stewards to help direct staff and students. Disabled access will also be maintained.

There’s also 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.

Facilities unavailable from 5pm on Thursday 2 June include:

  • Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building disabled parking bays – alternative bays are available at the Music and Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall; and
  • all cycle racks on the ball site – alternatives are available at the Parkinson Building and University Road, next to the School of Psychology.

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