Hackney Wick Stadium
Hackney Wick Stadium was a sports stadium located at Waterden Road in the London Borough of Hackney
The stadium was opened in 1932 and was mainly used for greyhound racing and speedway. 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.
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.
The speedway track was 345 yards (315 metres) in length.
- Hackney Hawks Website
- Aerial view of Hackney Wick Stadium 1938
- UK Running Track Directory Details of the history of the track
- The Wick was ramshackle, basic beast of a greyhound track ... and all the better for it Article on Betfair.com
- Bankrupt on the first night - the desperate story of the 'new' Hackney Wick Article on Betfair.com
- Regeneration came five years too late for much-loved Hackney Wick Article on Betfair.com