07 April 16 - APRIL FOOLS

Giant inflatable rooftop slide coming to Manchester city centre

Thrill-seekers can take the plunge down the former Urbis building before landing on a giant crash pad in Exchange Square.

Feeling brave? Then how about sliding down the top of the National Football Museum?

Thrill-seekers are being asked to step up and take the plunge down the six-storey sloping glass building - formerly Urbis - before landing on a giant crash pad in Exchange Square.

In what's being billed as the largest 'urban slide' of its kind anywhere in the world. The glass roof will be covered in a strip of super-strength plastic and safety barriers will be erected along the edges of the slide for the incoming attraction.

OFFSLIDE! is a joint venture between French events company La Proofi! and the National Football Museum.

Access to the top of the slide will be via the lift in the National Football Museum. The vacant top two floors of the building, which used to be a restaurant, will be used as a holding area and changing rooms for people brave enough to take on the giant slide.

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A spokesman for La Proofi! said: "We heard Manchester is obsessed with giant things. Giant slides, giant swings, giant rabbits, giant spiders.

"So now they can live it large right here in the city centre. It's going to be massive."

Organisers have said that lucky sliders will be required to sign a waiver to 'in the case of an accident' declaring that 'any damage to me or my body, including death and worse, is not the responsibility of the organisers or anyone else'.

Those taking part will have to wear goggles and arm bands will be available. Each slider will be given a camera to wear during their turn and will later be able to download a video of their experience. Selfie sticks will not be allowed on the slide.

OFFSLIDE! is set to open this summer and ticket details will be released shortly.

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6 days ago
Bluepurgatory
You had me MEN was just about to hit the keyboard until I saw the other posts!
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MaidOfCrumpsall
Didn't even read past the headline before I realised it was an April Fools gag.
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