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.[4] 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. [5] Armadale was mainly handicap races and there were regular opens for the higher class of greyhound with a main distance of 525 yards. TD Heffernan was involved in opening of the new track.[4]

The owners of Armadale greyhound stadium announced on 8 October 2016 that they were ending the greyhound operation.[6]

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. ^ a b "Remember When - February 1939". Greyhound Star.
  5. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 270. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.
  6. ^ "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