Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, London

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Wimbledon Stadium, also known as Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, was a greyhound racing track located in Wimbledon in southwest London, England.It also hosted stock car and other small circuit motor racing events and until 2005 hosted motorcycle speedway. The stadium hosted the English Greyhound Derby every year between 1985 and 2016.The stadium closed in March 2017 with owners Galliard Homes Limited set to build more than 600 flats on the site; there will also be an 11,000 seater football stadium built on the site which will be the new home of AFC Wimbledon, with capacity to increase it to a 20,000 seater stadium at a later date. The club is planning to play at the new stadium from the start of the 2019–20 season.StadiumThe facilities included a brick fronted grandstand seating 8,000, executive suites, several bars and catering facilities, including a large waiter-service restaurant. The stadium was surrounded by a large open-air car park.Greyhound racingOriginsThe greyhound stadium was constructed east of the River Wandle on a section of land that was difficult to build on due to the fact that it was marsh land and was prone to flooding. The only buildings near this plot of land were a chamois leather mills, a large sewage works and the Plough public house. Slightly to the east was Summerstown Road which held the only housing in the immediate area.The difficult plot did not deter South London Greyhound Racecourses Ltd who went ahead with plans to build a large stadium ready for 1928. However financial difficulties halted the project until a consortium headed by Bill 'WJ' Cearns whose firm had been responsible for the construction of the stadium stepped in with a sufficient funds to save the project.
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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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