Famous greyhound stadium Belle Vue in Manchester to close

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Greyhound stadium Belle Vue is set to close as there was no business case for it to stay open


Famous greyhound stadium Belle Vue in Manchester to close after consultation found no longer a need to keep it operating

  • Famous greyhound stadium Belle Vue in Manchester is set to close this year 
  • A local councillor approved a plan to build 250 houses on the site in December 
  • A consultation process decided there was no business case for it to stay open
  • It opened in 1926 and used to be the home of the Belle Vue Ace speedway team 

Belle Vue greyhound stadium in Manchester is to close after a consultation process concluded there was no longer a business case for it to keep operating.

An axe has been hanging over the famous venue, which was opened in 1926 and used to be the home of the Belle Vue Ace speedway team, since local councillor approved a plan to build 250 houses on the site in December.

Arena Racecourse Company (ARC), who operate Belle Vue, said the current uncertainty over the return of crowds to live sporting venues had also played a part in the closure decision with the stadium relying heavily on attendance, catering and hospitality income.

Greyhound stadium Belle Vue is set to close as there was no business case for it to stay open

ARC’s Racing Division managing director Mark Spincer, said: ‘The closure of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium has been an incredibly difficult one to make, especially given the history associated with the Stadium, but our consultation on options moving forward could not see a manner in which the business could support itself.

The stadium opened in 1926 and used to be the home of the Belle Vue Ace speedway team

The stadium opened in 1926 and used to be the home of the Belle Vue Ace speedway team

‘The effects of the national lockdown, alongside the significant uncertainty over when, and in what manner, crowds may be able to return has had a huge impact on Belle Vue in particular, given its reliance on public attendance.’

‘We will continue to provide welfare support payments to the remaining Belle Vue trainers, not currently racing at other stadia, until the end of September, and assist with any homing requirements during that time.’

But a local councillor approved a plan to build 250 houses on the site in December instead

But a local councillor approved a plan to build 250 houses on the site in December instead

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