Doncaster Greyhound Stadium Guide

Doncaster Greyhound Stadium is referred to by some as Meadow Court Stadium and once existed under the moniker of Stainforth Stadium. The latter name is actually the most accurate of all three, given that it is located in the small town of Stainforth, which is about a twenty-minute drive from Doncaster centre.

This purpose-built stadium promises a great night’s entertainment or, to use the company’s own tagline, ‘the fastest fun on four feet’. Given that there’s a restaurant onsite, numerous bars and fast food venues and some executive suites, it’s fair to say that whatever level of hospitality you’re used to, you’ll be able to find here.

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Race Days & Times

Doncaster have races on Friday and Saturday nights. They typically tend to start at 7.30pm with the doors opening at 6pm, but they sometimes run a little late and it’s not exactly unheard of for them to start the first race at 7.45pm.

In the festive period, they have races on Boxing Day that tend to attract a decent crowd. They often run greyhounds in the afternoon and in the evening, but they give you plenty of notice about this nearer the time so you have a chance to buy your tickets and choose a dinner menu if you wish.

Visiting

  • Ticket Prices: There are often deals that include your entry into the stadium and a meal, such as a three-course carvery and entrance for £15. On Saturday, that gets bumped up to £18 but does include a disco, so it’s swings and roundabouts. The normal fee for entry is £5.50.
  • Getting There: Doncaster Greyhound Stadium isn’t in central Doncaster but it’s only about 7-miles away, so if you can get to that part of Yorkshire you’ll be able to figure the rest of the journey out. It’s a matter of moments from Hatfield & Stainforth Train Station on foot, with the 84, 84a, 87, 87a, 457 and 555 buses all stopping nearby.
  • Parking There is a large car park that can house about 500 cars right outside the stadium, so if you’re driving you’ll be fine to park.

History

There are essentially two tales to tell when it comes to the greyhound track of Doncaster. The first involves an entirely different place called Stainforth Stadium that opened as a Speedway track in 1929. The Speedway company that opened it went into liquidation the following year and it was bought by Stainforth Amateur Athletic Club in 1933. They were hoping to make athletics a popular sport there but the Second World War put paid to that.

In 1941, a greyhound and whippet track was added to the complex and became popular with the locals. They tried to join the Tote in 1945 but failed and continued to exist as a track that was not licensed by the National Greyhound Racing Club for a further thirty-five years. It was sold in 1976 to a company that planned to upgrade it but those plans never went into fruition. Instead, it was derelict for thirteen years after closing in 1978.

In 1992, a businessman named Chick Hicken and his partner June, who were both greyhound enthusiasts submitted plans to Doncaster council to build a new stadium. They gained the permission necessary and work started on the £1.5 million track began. It opened in March of 1993 and the Hickens brought in Barbara Tompkins, a former English Greyhound Derby winning trainer, as General Manager in order to try and convince the National Greyhound Racing Club to let them become a part of it.

Tompkins retired from her position in 2004 and by 2006 Stephen Gray, the former racing manager of Belle Due Stadium had been brought in. During the following ten years the stadium’s reputation continued to grow, hosting the TV Trophy competition in 2008 and the Trainers Championship in 2010. In 2004, they inaugurated the Yorkshire St Leger competition and it has been hosted at Doncaster Greyhound Stadium ever since.

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