Oxford Greyhound Stadium, Oxford

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Oxford Stadium is a former greyhound racing and speedway venue in Oxford, located in Sandy Lane, Cowley.
Races were held every Saturday evening with afternoon BAGS (Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service) racing on Friday and Sunday. Race evenings also included Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at various times throughout the years.
There was a 350 seater grandstand restaurant overlooking the track, with three executive suites and large general public areas named after Oxford's greatest greyhounds Sandwinder, Security Sam, Self Made and Perth Pat. Conference and business facilities were also available. There is a go-karting track enclosed within the speedway track, which is popular among Oxfordshire residents.
The stadium was constructed in 1938 on the site of a 'flapping' track where owners could turn up and run their greyhounds around an oval on the days selected for racing. The rear wheel of a jacked up motor car was used to drive the lure around the track. The location was on Sandy Lane, in Cowley, Oxfordshire and was a short walk from the famous Oxford motor factories built by Morris Motors.
The back straight was adjacent to the Great Western Railway Thame Branch line . A main grandstand building was erected and the stadium joined the regulatory governing body of the National Greyhound Racing Club . The owner of the land at the time was a Mr Johnson, and he agreed a 99-year lease with a Mr Leslie Vernon Calcutt.
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  • Drivers should be able to drive about 15 laps in each 10 minute session. Probably you would feel mentally and physically exhausted after 3 goes of 10 minutes (3x about £12). Excellent fun. Full safely...  more »
  • Visited on a Saturday Evening,whilst visiting friends,food was very nice in restaurant.and had a few winners,could get cold,need to be in grandstand in winter.  more »
  • Excellent- value for money and we ate there as well. Nice food and very good service.Great fun watching the dogs racing. Glad we were indoors watching as it was very cold to be outside.  more »
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