Owlerton Stadium

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Owlerton Stadium
Owlerton Stadium.jpg
Aerial view of Owlerton Stadium from Shirecliffe to the NE.
Full name Owlerton Stadium
Location Owlerton, Sheffield
Coordinates 53°24′23″N 1°29′33″W / 53.40639°N 1.49250°W / 53.40639; -1.49250Coordinates: 53°24′23″N 1°29′33″W / 53.40639°N 1.49250°W / 53.40639; -1.49250
Owner A&S Lesiure Group
Capacity 4,000
Construction
Built 1929
Tenants

Owlerton Stadium, sometimes referred to as Sheffield Sports Stadium, is a greyhound racing track in Owlerton near Hillsborough in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.[1] The stadium is also home to the Sheffield Tigers Speedway team and hosts BriSCA Formula One stock car racing events,[2][3] as well as the Sheffield Eagles rugby league team. The stadium has a total capacity for 4,000 spectators.[4]

It is operated by the A & S Leisure Group, the majority shareholder of which is Dave Allen. Allen was previously the chairman of football team Sheffield Wednesday who play at the nearby Hillsborough Stadium, which coincidentally was originally named Owlerton Stadium.

History[edit]

The stadium was built in 1929 although the first National Greyhound Racing Club race was not held until 1932. It hosted the Sheffield Eagles' first ever game in September 1984, they left five years later following changes to crowd rules, however they returned in 2014 after their previous home the Don Valley Stadium was demolished.

The stadium was purchased by the A & S Leisure Group in 1991 and a £3m refurbishment followed. The stadium now hosts 260 race meetings each year which attract 300,000 visitors making it the sixth biggest NGRC track in the country.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  3. ^ "About Owlerton Stadium Sheffield". Sheffield Sports Stadium Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  4. ^ [1]

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