Manchester Greyhound Stadium Belle Vue, Manchester

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Belle Vue Stadium is a greyhound racing track in Belle Vue, Manchester, England, where the first race around an oval track in Britain was held on 24 July 1926. It has also been used for motorcycle speedway, as the home ground of Elite League team Belle Vue Aces from 1988 until 2015, and since 1999 stock car racing and banger racing.The track is operated by the Greyhound Racing Association, who lease it from owners' the Crown Oil Pension Fund. The stadium has luxury glass-fronted grandstands, restaurants, hospitality boxes and bars. Greyhound racing takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings.Greyhound racingOriginsIn 1925, Charles A. Munn, an American businessman, made a deal with Smith and Sawyer for the rights to promote the greyhound racing in Britain. Although the earlier attempt to introduce mechanical racing at Hendon had almost been forgotten, the pastime of coursing was still strong in Britain. Fortunately for Munn, the first person he contacted with regards to reintroducing greyhound racing into Britain was Major L. Lyne Dixson. The Major was a leading figure in British field sports and was quickly won over to the idea presented to him by the American entrepreneur.Finding other supporters proved to rather difficult however. With the General Strike of 1926 looming, the two men scoured the country in an attempt to find others who would join them. Eventually they met Brigadier-General Alfred Critchley, who in turn introduced them to Sir William Gentle JP. Between them they raised £22,000 and formed the Greyhound Racing Association Ltd. When deciding where to situate their new stadium, Manchester was considered to be the ideal place because of its sporting and gambling links. Close to the city centre, the consortium erected the first custom-built greyhound stadium and called it Belle Vue. The name of the stadium came from the nearby Belle Vue Zoological Gardens that had been built in 1836 and the land on which the stadium was to stand had been an area of farmland known as Higher Catsknowl and Lower Catsknowl.
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  • Two words don’t go it’s a farce I booked a Christmas package as presents it was the worst night ever the dogs was cancelled due to fog the food was terrible dry and hard paid for three courses only go...  more »
  • We bought a package for 8 of us which included food, a pitcher of beer (each), a £5 betting token, the chance to present the trophy for one of the race winners, a group photo and a taxi into the middl...  more »
  • You 100% need to go to the dogs with the mind set that it is a rough, but you are there for a laugh. Don't take it to seriously. We got a super cheap deal from groupon. The 'food' that came with it wa...  more »
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  • A great night out to celebrate Any occasion. If travelling via public transport check train times for the small station only 2 minutes away from the stadium. Easy to get to & from Manchester Piccadilly station or a good few bus's heading to there from the city centre.
  • Enjoyed the racing but went in with a package that included food. Last year it was the chippy bit, they've now closed that but it was palatable. You have to use the burger places upstairs now, I can only describe the food as filthy. Absolutely disgusting excuse for food at an even more disgusting price. The only positive is that it would clearly not take much digesting as it must have already been digested previously. You really need to sort it out.
  • Absolutely appalling night, my pregnant sister in law got told to f**k off by the team leader when enquiring how long the main was going to be after waiting an hour and a half from the starter being served. The 'team leader' was left to walk around serving the tables around us for the rest of the night. When we asked to speak to a manager she didn't arrive till half an hour later and was told she would return in 5 minutes with the team leader to apologise .she didn't. It was my sister in laws birthday £200 spend a 4 hour wait to complete a 3 course meal and a complementary f**k off on her birthday! Avoid at all costs
  • Always a fun night out. Some of the interior is a bit dated and needs replacing but apart from that it's great for all the family
  • My pregnant girlfriend was told to F**K Off and that she wouldn't be served any more drinks (she's pregnant and was drinking lemonade) by a team leader because she enquired how long the food would be after waiting over 1.5 hours for our second course. This staff member wasn't sent home and continued to serve other customers around us for the remainder of the night. Absolutely shocking and we will be contacting Visa to have the payment for our meal (we pre paid online) reversed via a Chargeback. What kind of company allows a member of staff to act like this and carry on the rest of his shift?!

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