Hall Green Stadium Guide

Hall Green Greyhound Stadium is located in the Hall Green suburb of Birmingham, about twenty-minutes drive from the city centre. There are four greyhound stadiums in the country actually operated by the Greyhound Racing Association and this is one of them. It was sold to Euro Property Investments for £3 million in 2014 and they have come up with a plan to demolish it in order to build housing in its place.

Hall Green has enjoyed something of a say of execution in recent times. Their application to do so was thrown out in June of 2016 but overturned the following month. That means that it will be demolished and replaced by houses in the near future, though that is unlikely to happen until after the current lease on the place comes to an end. That isn’t going to happen until 2018, so you’ve still got a few chances to enjoy a fun night out at the dogs before it goes.

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Race Days & Times

They have races on Friday and Saturday nights at Hall Green Greyhound Stadium. The timing is the same for both nights, with doors opening at 6.30pm and the first race normally getting underway at about 7.45pm.

There are races on Monday and Wednesday daytimes but they are mostly for television coverage and aren’t advertised. You might well be able to get in for free to watch those races but Hall Green don’t talk about it.

Visiting

  • Ticket Prices: It’s £7 for adults to enter the stadium, whilst kids under seventeen pay £3.50. Senior citizens and kids under the age of eleven-years-old can get in for free. As with most greyhound stadiums there are often deals for your dinner and entrance, should you want to eat.
  • Getting There: Hall Green Stadium is pretty much in the middle of two train stations. Hall Green Station itself is probably the closest, but you won’t have to walk for miles if you get off at Spring Road. Buses 801 and 875 both call close by, as does the 11A Outer Circle.
  • Parking If you want to drive then you’ll pleased to know that there is a decent sized car park where you leave your car whilst you’re enjoying the races.

History

The 412-metre oval track as it is today first opened on the 24th of August, 1927. Land known as the Olympia Sports Ground was bought by the Greyhound Racing Association who weren’t put off by the fact that the area was outside Birmingham city centre. They believed that there was enough demand for people to watch greyhound racing and they did what you’d expect them to do - they built a greyhound stadium.

If the GRA had any misgivings about the opening of the stadium just three months after Kings Heath Stadium had opened up the road they would have been allayed on the first day the doors were opened – more than 20,000 turned up to watch the inaugural races. They will have seen a dog called 'Bonzo' win his race and they would have done well to have made a note of his name – he won the first ever Champion Hurdle when it was run at White City Stadium.

Between 1928 and 1938, the track hosted Speedway races, something that has long been common for greyhound stadiums. Something that was less common was the presence of an amateur football team who played their games on the land in the middle of the track! The Hall Green Amateur team played their from 1951 until 1965.

After the conclusion of the Second World War, the track saw its first major event introduced in the form of the Midland Flat Championship. Things remained relatively the same then until the track saw some new facilities added in 1970. It was at that point that they were able to recruit Geoffrey DeMulder – a man considered to be one of the country’s best trainers. Similar changes took place over the following years and, in 1997, The Television Trophy was hosted there for the first time.

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