Central Park Stadium

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Not to be confused with Central Park (Wigan).
Central Park
Full name Central Park Stadium
Location England Sittingbourne, Kent
Coordinates 51°20′54″N 0°45′33″E / 51.34824°N 0.75926°E / 51.34824; 0.75926
Owner Cearn Sports
Operator Cearn Sports
Capacity 6000 (2000 seats)
Surface Grass with greyhound track
Construction
Built 1990
Opened 1990
Tenants
Sittingbourne (1990–2002) Kent Kings (2013- )

Central Park Stadium is a greyhound racing track, and speedway track and former football stadium located in Murston, Sittingbourne, Kent, England.[1]

History[edit]

Sittingbourne FC played at the Bull Ground in the town centre until 1990 when they sold the site for £4.5 million and built a new state of the art stadium on the outskirts of the town named Central Park Stadium. However, overspending on the new ground caused the club financial difficulties and they were forced to sell the ground to the local council and lease it back. The ground was eventually leased to a company which ran greyhound racing events, who allowed the football club to sign a seven-year lease (a requirement of the Southern League). The club found it hard to guarantee the availability of the stadium due to the racing, however, and agreed to start playing their games on part of the complex where they used to train. This was built in 2002 and named Bourne Park.

The Kent Kings speedway team will ride at the stadium in 2013.

Facilities[edit]

The stadium was built to a capacity of approximately 6000, with 2000 seats available in the Main Stand, two end terraces and a large covered terrace opposite the Main Stand. There are also four private suites, a trackside restaurant, three bars and a fast food cafeteria.

Greyhound Racing[edit]

Racing takes place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

In 2012 the track was granted permission to host the original classic race for hurdlers the Grand National which moved from Wimbledon. It was a major coup for the track.

Speedway[edit]

In May 2013, National League speedway returned to the county of Kent, with the newly formed Kent Kings racing at the stadium.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Track Search". Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kent Speedway". Kent Kings. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

51°20′54″N 0°45′33″E / 51.34824°N 0.75926°E / 51.34824; 0.75926