Armadale Stadium

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Armadale Stadium
Location Armadale, West Lothian EH48 2PD
Opened 1939
Tenants
Edinburgh Monarchs speedway

Armadale Stadium is a motorcycle speedway and former greyhound racing stadium situated in the town of Armadale, West Lothian in Scotland. Stock car racing has also been held at the venue.

Speedway[edit]

It has been home to the Edinburgh Monarchs speedway team since 1997.[1]

In 2009, the Edinburgh Monarchs reached agreement with Sainsbury's for the stadium to be purchased and re-developed as a supermarket, subject to planning permission being granted by West Lothian Council.[2] This was not forthcoming, the application being rejected in June 2010.[3]

Greyhound racing[edit]

The greyhound track near Bathgate Road opened on 20 February 1939 just four days after the Armadale greyhound track at Volunteer Park closed. In later years two races called the West Lothian Stakes and Armadale Sprint Championships were introduced and remained feature races. Track distances were 330 and 540 yards. [4] Armadale was mainly handicap races and there were regular opens for the higher class of greyhound with a main distance of 525 yards.

The owners of Armadale greyhound stadium announced on 8 October 2016 that they were ending the greyhound operation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  2. ^ "Monarchs in new stadium hopes". 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Edinburgh Monarchs' Armadale switch rejected by council". 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  4. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 270. ISBN 0-948955-15-5. 
  5. ^ "Stadium clarification". Edinburgh Monarchs.co.uk. 

Coordinates: 55°53′54″N 3°40′59″W / 55.89833°N 3.68306°W / 55.89833; -3.68306