Coral Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium Guide

The greyhound stadium for Brighton & Hove is sponsored by the bookmaker Coral, meaning that its official name is, somewhat predictably, Coral Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium. It can be reached on foot from the beach with a similar proximity to the centre of Hove centre.

It is very much an all-encompassing venue with a restaurant and bars offering food and drinks for visitors. It is one of the country’s best greyhound tracks, with country’s best trainers regularly attracted to its races, including the likes of Seamus Cahill and Norah McEllistrim.

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Race Days & Times

The stadium is open from Wednesday to Sunday, but the timings change from day-to-day. On Saturday, the first race is at 7.30pm, whilst on a Friday it’s at the random time of 11.11am and on Thursday it’s 6.28pm.

There is an equally odd timing of the first race on a Wednesday of 2.08pm, with Sundays opting for 11.28am. It’s probably fair to say that this will be due to television coverage.

Visiting

  • Ticket Prices: Entry is free every day apart from Saturday when it will cost £6; There are sometimes concessions offered, however, it is advisable to check the website in advance of your visit, as these change frequently
  • Getting There: The stadium is about 15-minutes to walk to Hove Train Station and Aldrington Train Station is even closer; The beach is about 20-minutes from the stadium on foot; If you’d like to get the bus, then it’s served by both the 5B and the N5, as well as the 59A
  • Parking: There is only parking available for 365 cars, so it is advisable to walk from the town centre or get a bus if possible

History

The Brighton & Hove Greyhound Stadium was one of the first stadiums opened outside of the initial one at Belle Vue in Manchester. The Brighton Corporation passed plans for the site in January of 1928 and construction was instigated by Charles Wakeling, Freddie Arnold and Major Carlos Campbell. The Greyhound Racing Association, formed in 1926, had shares in the newly formed company, which was called the Greyhound Racing Association (Brighton) Ltd.

The site was originally called the Hove Sports Stadium and the first ever greyhound race run at it was called the Hove Stakes. The inaugural race took part on the 2nd of June in 1928. It was a 525 yard race and was won by a 7-4f dog named Costs. His trainer was Mr. Troone and his owner, a solicitor named W.G.Hooper, won £16 as a result.

Despite the fact that the stadium was purpose-built for greyhound racing, it took a long time before its facilities moved past the ‘basic’ stage. The hare was wound around the course by hand and there was no electric lighting for the first decade of the stadium’s existence.

In 1932, a hand operated Tote came into operation but was almost immediately the victim of the government’s ban on the Tote. That changed when the 1934 Betting Act reversed that decision and people were allowed to bet legally in accordance with the government’s own rules and laws.

The company’s name changed to Brighton & Hove Stadium Ltd after the Second World War and a new event called the Regency was introduced. Charles Wakeling, who was also Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s Chairman, died and left his part of the company to Major Carlos Campbell. Campbell then died in 1958 and that meant that the track ended up in the control of the GRA. They installed Gerard Kealey as the General Manager and Peter Shotton as the Racing Manager. Together they built-up its reputation as one of the best seaside tracks in the country.

The track began to be sponsored by Coral in 1976. In 1991, they decided to sell their various greyhound tracks in order to fund the purchase of Granada Theatre Ltd’s 73 different bingo halls. They successfully purchased them and launched Gala Bingo, but the stadium at Brighton & Hove has remained sponsored by Coral.

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