Peterborough Greyhound Stadium
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium is located less than a mile from the city centre of Fengate in England. The stadium's grandstand has recently been extended.
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium has five bars, a restaurant, a fast-food center and a cafeteria. The stadium's tiered seating arrangements provide an unobstructed view of the thrilling racing action. It also has two self contained corporate suites and a trackside function suite.
The lighting system of the racetrack was recently upgraded to state of the art floodlights that enhance the spectacle of evening racing. Races are normally conducted every 15 minutes; Peterborough Greyhound Stadium plays host to England's major competitions.
Stadium Capacity: 1,500 spectators
Major Greyhound Racing Events
Getting to Peterborough Greyhound Stadium
History of Peterborough Greyhound Stadium
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium opened in October, 1930.
In 1945, Reg Perkins and George Ellingworth purchased the stadium. During this time, the hare was pulled around the track by two men using an upturned bike. The stadium currently uses a Swaffham-McGee type hare.
When Ellingworth died, Perkins took complete control of the stadium. Perkins retired in 1977.
Today, Rex and David, Reg Perkins’ sons, manage the stadium.
On March 24, 1999, a fire severely damaged the stadium’s grandstand and an adjoining warehouse. greyhound racing was postponed for six months as repairs and refurbishments were made.
In the summer of 2003, a £3 million extension increased the length of the grandstand from 301 feet to 518 feet.
Peterborough’s race track surface is silicon sand. Up to 15 tons of salt is used during the winter months to prevent the track from freezing. During the summer, when there is no rain, the track is watered for up to three hours each day using £2,500 worth of water per year.
GREYHOUND BETTING TIPS
There are four main considerations in betting on greyhound racing. These are: class, current form, early speed, and trap draw.
GREYHOUND RACING TRIVIA
An average greyhound normally weighs between 65 to 75 pounds. The greyhound is the fastest breed of dog. It can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour and can average more than 30 miles per hour for distances up to one mile.
GREYHOUND RACING FAQs
Why do greyhounds wear muzzles?
Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing to protect the them from injury. The muzzles prevent them from fighting during the race. Muzzles also help in identifying the winner of close photo-finish races.