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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.
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  • A night at the dogs is never a disappointment. It's such a fun evening and the atmosphere is always electric! I love the diversity of the crowds. We've been coming here for around 7 years and have alw...  more »
  • A large stadium, most of it derelict - entrance wasn't signposted or lit, and you had to walk around half the stadium to get in. It was like a hidden secret. The parts that are kept open are functiona...  more »
  • A great night out a group of friends, a couple, a family or even a business night out. We booked into the Grandstand Restaurant. A reasonable price, and the food is what you would expect e.g. burger a...  more »
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  • Venue closed. Being demolished. Sadly gone to be replaced with football stadium and shops & flats. The car boot sales were brilliant. Customers could get some great bargains. Sellers could earn £££s and recycle unwanted items. I've not found a local replacement.
  • Incredibly run down and depressing to go here. Not sure if it was the teenagers doing drugs in the toilet, the smell of rotten wood or the world's grossest burger that made this experience one to remember for all the wrong reasons. Probably best it's been closed down as it really is a shadow of what it's former self was.
  • Closing down. Houses being built instead. Another iconic building gone.
  • Great stadium. The last one standing for dog racing and stock car racing in London. Go and enjoy it while you can. It will be shut down later this year.
  • Good food. Nice, friendly environment

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