Hackney Wick Stadium

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Hackney Wick Stadium was a sports stadium located at Waterden Road in the London Borough of Hackney

Site history[edit]

The stadium was opened in 1932 and was mainly used for greyhound racing and speedway.[1] In 1994, a £12 million stand and restaurant was built and the stadium was renamed the London Stadium, Hackney. In December 1997 the company that owned the stadium, London Stadium Hackney Ltd., went out of business.

The Stadium was left derelict for several years until it was bought by the London Development Agency and demolished in 2003. The site is now the location of the London Olympics Media Centre, the main media and broadcasting centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. After the Games, the centre will be turned over for commercial use.

Speedway history[edit]

Hackney Wick Wolves speedway team raced there before the Second World War. The Hackney Hawks speedway team rode at the venue from 1963 to 1983. Hackney Kestrels speedway team rode here from 1984 until 1990. In 1996, a speedway team under the name of London Lions rode but it was found to be financially unviable.[2]

The British Speedway Grand Prix was held at the stadium in 1995 and 1996.[3]

The speedway track was 345 yards (315 metres) in length.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ Fenn, C.(2003). Hackney Speedway, Friday at Eight. ISBN 0-7524-2737-7
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5

Coordinates: 51°32′49″N 0°1′17″W / 51.54694°N 0.02139°W / 51.54694; -0.02139