Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, London
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Wimbledon Stadium, also known as Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in Wimbledon in southwest London, England. It also hosts stock car and other small circuit motor racing events and until 2005 hosted motorcycle speedway. The stadium has hosted the English Greyhound Derby every year since 1985. The stadium is due to close in June 2016 in order to make way for a housing development.StadiumThe facilities include a brick fronted grandstand seating 8,000 and several bars and catering facilities, including a waiter-service restaurant. The stadium is surrounded by a large open-air car park.HistoryRacing historyRacing was first held on 19 May 1928. The site had been purchased by South London Greyhound Racecourses Ltd who then experienced financial difficulties. W J Cearns, owner of the building firm, put in a large sum of money to help get the stadium up and running. Wimbledon became one of the major tracks of Britain after a new grandstand was constructed to replace the war damaged section of the stadium.Many famous trainers helped the track gain a first class reputation for good racing including Paddy McEllistrim, Sidney Orton, Paddy McEvoy, Joe Harmon and Paddy Fortune. The track originally held the classic race The Laurels and the prestigious race The Puppy Derby. Eventually the Greyhound Racing Association would purchase the stadium and it would hold the English Greyhound Derby following the demise of White City Stadium.For travelers who use our international travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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A tired old venue which is falling apart at the seams. All said and done the main stand ( which is the only one that seems to be open ) is buzzing with atmosphere . Don't expect a top and tails experi... read more »
I have come here many times over the years mainly for the greyhound racing this place 20 years ago was great with stockcars, speedway in the 70s I used to watch, there's been no work done on here for ... read more »
Don't Yuck M
So, last Saturday Night the family went out to Wimbledon Dogs, The easiest way I think to share the experience is a Pro's & Con's list, So here we go: PRO's Great Fun Lots of Laugh's Have a bit of a f... read more »
Florian Le Fourn
It's such a bizarre place lol I do like it as a place to go like every year or so.. Shows you a good view of what some British people really enjoy (a bit like PMU in France lol).. Food is atrocious and queues for betting can be very long but, i still do enjoy it a lot :-) Ps: and i was over 30 pounds up :-)
Great boot sale on saturday sunday and wednesdays.
An amazing place to visit for a foreigner living in London. Very unique experience giving a great insight into the real British life and culture - much more authentic than most of central London. And a good fun! :)
Top notch service and price, 1st time I've used this garage and I'm really happy with the service
I feel I have to put this back on the map after returning here for 40 years great night out with vintage hot rods and superstox
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