Kinsley Greyhound Stadium Guide

It may well be the case that the first greyhound race on an oval track took place at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester, but nowadays it is Kinsley Greyhound Stadium that calls itself ‘the home to dog racing in the North’. Perhaps that’s in some part due to the fact that it was voted to be the ‘Best National Greyhound Racing Club Greyhound Stadium in the North’ by the British Greyhound Racing Board in 2008.

Whatever the reason, Kinsley promises its visitors a thrilling night of entertainment watching greyhound racing. The Jubilee Restaurant is popular with visitors to the track who like to dine from the a-la-carte menu. The course has the ability to welcome around 3,000 people through its doors, though, so you’ll be able to get a bite to eat from less officious surroundings if that’s not really your thing.

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Race Days & Times

When the stadium is open for business depends entirely on the time of year you’re visiting. You’ll be welcomed through the doors every Saturday evening throughout the year, with the same being true on Sunday afternoons. Racing takes place on a Friday morning all year long too, though this is mostly for the bookies and television. If you go between September and April, you’ll also find there’s racing to watch on a Tuesday evening.

When it is open on a Tuesday then the first race tends to be at about 6.33pm. Friday mornings things normally get underway eight hours earlier at 10.31am, whilst on Sunday afternoons the track tends to be ready for action starting at 2.12pm. If you want to go for the Saturday night experience then you’ll be looking at a first race time of 7.20pm. Whichever day you rock up you’ll be treated to about three hours worth of fun.

Visiting

  • Ticket Prices: Owing to the fact that Fridays are mostly for the bookies, they don’t really open for business. On Sundays, you’ll be able to enter for free and a Race Card will cost you £1. Saturdays cost £5.50 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £4 for fourteen to sixteen-year-olds. Kids under thirteen have to pay £1 and those under eight get free entry.
  • Getting There: Kinsley Stadium is roughly equidistant between Leeds & Sheffield, close to Wakefield and Pontefract. It’s Yorkshire you’re heading to, basically, with the A628 being the nearest main road if you’re driving. Fitzwilliam Train Station is about twenty minutes away on foot. Bus numbers 28, 28c, 36a, 48, 196, 197, 223, 496 and 497 all stop nearby.
  • Parking There’s a large car park with enough room for 300 cars to park in, should you be heading there in a vehicle.

History

When Kinsley Greyhound Stadium opened its doors for the first time in 1939 it was a flapping track, which is another term for an independent racing circuit that didn’t come under the jurisdiction of the National Greyhound Racing Club. It was essentially intended for the use of the local mining community, allowing the miners to blow off some steam after a tough week in the pit. By the end of the Second World War it was big enough for 3,500 people to get into.

Kinsley remained much the same until it was taken over by John Curran and Keith Murrell in 1985. They chose to improve the facilities and develop the track, investing a decent amount of money to do so. An Inside Sumner hare was put in place and the length of the races were increased up to 630-metres. The Kinsley Greyhound Derby was introduced as the track’s premier competition with a prize of £20,000; that was more than most of the National Greyhound Racing Club’s top events.

Kinsley continued to enjoy a renaissance under their ownership and management and became a popular place for punters to go. In spite of this, they didn’t apply to get a license for the NGRC until 2000. After that they introduced a Swaffham hare and continued to grow, gaining the Television Trophy in 2010. In 2011, the Gymcrack switched from Hall Green Stadium and is now hosted at Kinsley Stadium instead.

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