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[ 16th October 2020 ]

It’s always Safety First at Owlerton Stadium

It has been seven months since fans were watching football at Hillsborough. Footage of supporters sitting in stands for Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup clash against Manchester City seems other-worldly in these Covid times.

Yet just over the A61 dual carriageway, fans are paying to get through turnstiles to watch elite sport. They are the old-fashioned, cast-iron turnstiles too, with that click as you pass through on that last stage before the live action begins.

At the Owlerton Stadium, greyhounds have been back racing since June and continued when the Government abandoned pilot events in other sports while warning not to expect fans back until March, for fear of coronavirus spread.

The Sheffield institution has remained open as they operate as a licenced premises. Punters watch from the 300-capacity Panorama Restaurant overlooking the track and have their food, drink – and gambling – delivered to their table as they watch 14 races.

It may not be perfect, but it works, albeit with strict safety rules as sport is hosted during a pandemic. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition urging the Government to reconsider allowing football fans back inside stadiums. The example of Owlerton shows it can be done.

“Sport, in general, is a major part of people’s lives and the sooner we can all get back to watching a live event the better for all concerned,” said Matthew Hamilton, General Manager at Owlerton Stadium. “Sport can become one of the safest places to visit although a lot of hard work and costs will need to be applied to achieve this and given the loss of all revenue for most stadia it’s a case of survival of the fittest.”

As fans filtered out of the stadium at the end of the meeting, 2m apart, there is that almost forgotten feeling of discussing sport with fellow fans. Safety is the important part of everyone getting to their seats but for 14 races spectators can totally escape the world outside.

After going through the turnstiles, hand sanitiser is used immediately, masks are worn and there is no wandering around the arena. Drinks and food are taken off trays by punters and hands are sanitised again after a bet is placed with a cashier who goes from table to table wearing personal protective equipment.

“And the hare… is on the move,” announces the commentator. Then, for 500m of racing there is the atmosphere that comes with a cheering on a winning greyhound. The cashier comes back round paying out winnings or taking more bets.

Given that screens are around the restaurant showing other sports, Owlerton is the blueprint to follow. They could be hosting any event.

Punters remain in their bubbles, just as they could for football games. Premier League clubs have hospitality suites which could assume a similar set-up to get spectators in and out safely to watch elite sport for the first time since lockdown in March.

“We are seeing a slow return to the restaurant,” added Hamilton. “I think given the current restrictions on table service and such that it lends itself nicely to our restaurant service but has significantly impacted upon the more casual spectator who would not normally have needed to book into the stadium to visit.”

EFL clubs have discussed whether fans could be sat in groups around the stadium and this is the evidence that it can be done safely.

On Tuesday evening at Owlerton there were 146 people booked into the restaurant. Owners and trainers had a section of the terrace, but they otherwise remained empty. There would usually be punters betting with on-track bookies and cheering on their dogs. At the moment the betting is through the Tote.

It may not be like the classic nights where the stands are packed but in the context of sport fans being starved of live action, it is like being reunited with a long-lost friend.

“We went through great lengths to even come close to opening, we then had to go further!” said Hamilton. “We spent months observing other businesses and sectors, reading their guidance and scrutinising our own experiences and knowledge.

“Like every other business, we still have 54 per cent of our staff on furlough and with the impending cessation of the furlough scheme and possible further local/government restrictions, this is sure to have an impact on the business even more.”

The Other Rex, trained by Barrie Draper, won the big one on Tuesday evening, an A2 class race. Draper is hoping for crowds to be let back in fully to get the atmosphere back on the terraces. As it stands, there is no presentation for the winner unless there is a big sponsor.

“It is a different atmosphere at the stadium without the thousands of people there and the bars and restaurants full,” said Draper. “There was a buzz like with football and having a 12th man in the stands.

“It’s been difficult. The owners have been loyal and paid for things with no sport. Our sport is entertainment and hen-and-stag parties are all part of that. It is good for the dogs as they want to be racing and it keeps the sport alive.

“We’re all hoping that we could be back so everyone can be here, and we get those buzz-nights back. Until you have them back fully, you almost don’t know what you’ve missed. You hope what they can do, they do.”

By Mike McGrath

The Telegraph

11.10.20

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[ 3rd September 2020 ]

Unique Christmas Party Ideas in and Around Sheffield for 2020

Summer may still be rolling onwards, but now really is the time to start thinking about the festive season! Christmas really isn’t too far away, which means if you haven’t yet started looking into unique Christmas party ideas in the Sheffield area, you should make a point of researching venues for booking as soon as you possibly can. At Owlerton, we’re already making plans for Christmas and New Year – and you should, too!

2020 has been a strange year for most people to say the least – and this Christmas, we want to help make the festive season go out with a real bang. If you’re looking for Christmas party ideas Sheffield has to offer – ones which are a little bit different – why not take your friends, family, and colleagues to the races?

Let’s take a look at why booking in at Owlerton for Christmas might just be your best option for a festive party with a difference – as well as what else Sheffield has to offer for those of us looking to let our hair down in the months to come!

 

The Same Old Scene?

Sheffield is well known for being one of the most varied cities and scenes for all kinds of entertainment. Of course, it’s well known for its sport, from football to ice hockey – but plenty of Sheffield citizens will also tell you that the pub and club scene is well worth heading to.

But what if you’re tired of the same old nights out? Sheffield actually has plenty of hidden treats and goodies if you look closely enough. For example, there’s been a real boom in ping pong and pool over the years, as well as beer pong and other bar games.

You’ll also find that the city is absolutely thriving for group fun such as karaoke and quiz nights. There’s a great chance you’ll be able to find a quaint pub or two where you can let your hair down.

Of course, you might even want to play a few games at your local casino. Sheffield has an amazing gaming scene and casino line-up, meaning that if you’d prefer your Christmas party to be a little more luxurious, you can always dress up and hit the town.

But – wouldn’t you prefer to take a look at racing fun at your local greyhound stadium? Owlerton Stadium leads the way for flexible packages and trackside fun in Sheffield.

 

Why Choose Owlerton Stadium for Your Christmas Party?

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Owlerton Stadium always takes the time to really celebrate Christmas and New Year in style. As well as our team setting up stunning decorations and dressing, we have festive menus and drinks packages ready to go to help you whet your whistle.

Our Christmas Party Nights bring together the best of music, dancing and – of course – greyhound racing action. Once you’ve seen a race or two, make sure to stick around for our late bar and disco fun, where our resident DJ will be playing all the latest hits and classic tunes from the decades gone by. Our late bar and disco will be open every Friday and Saturday through the festive season barring Boxing Day, meaning that you’ll be able to come on down and get your groove on as the year winds down.

Owlerton offers a fantastic array of entertainment and refreshment that you really have to experience to believe. As well as bringing together trackside entertainment and spectacular at seat service, we’re here to make sure you benefit from a party atmosphere quite unlike any other.

Having opened back up safely following government guidelines regarding the coronavirus, Owlerton is ready to start opening up the dance floor and decks to Christmas party visitors. Now really is the time to start booking ahead.

Unique Christmas party ideas not coming thick and fast? Why not host your festive do at our comprehensive stadium and entertainment venue? Sheffield has plenty to offer festive revellers, but you’ve not had a Christmas party to remember until you’ve visited Owlerton.

 

Book Now For Christmas

Christmas is well on the way – it might seem as though summer has come and gone in a flash, but now’s the time to start embracing the approaching winter fun. Owlerton has tons of great Christmas party ideas Sheffield citizens can dive into right now. All you need to do is book online with us to confirm your place.

Break out the crackers, the party hats, and the betting slips – it’s time to spend Christmas with a difference down at Owlerton. Looking for a corporate Christmas event? Why not take advantage of our Sunday party nights for family, friend and working groups? Now is the time to start booking ahead.

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[ 3rd September 2020 ]

When is Owlerton Stadium Re-Opening, and What Can You Expect?

For millions of people, and thousands of local businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided many different challenges. However, Owlerton Stadium is pleased to announce that we will be safely re-opening our doors to the public, following a thorough assessment of our health and safety measures – meaning that you’ll soon be able to come and enjoy the best in Sheffield dog racing fun as always.

Owlerton Stadium will be re-opening, following guidance and advice from the government, on Saturday 5th September. In the meantime, before you book any parties or events with us, and before you come and have a flutter or two on our brilliant racing schedule, we recommend you take a look at some of the changes we’re bringing in to make sure that you and our team are safe.

These new measures are in place to restrict the chances of spreading the COVID-19 virus. It is everyone’s hope that, in time, full normality will resume. For now, however, we must readjust to ensure that you can continue to have fun with us – in a safe and responsible manner.

 

What Will Change for You?

Pre bookings are required for all visitors which includes owners and can be made either online or via our telephone booking lines which are open Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm. Due to current restrictions in place, our 6 Pack, Super 6, Fab Free Tuesday and Free Pie Tuesday promotions have been temporarily suspended however we look to reinstate these offers at the earliest opportunity.

Owlerton Stadium will be bringing in new social distancing measures to protect our staff and customers. Don’t worry – as there will be clear markings, signs, and guidance in place. This also means that we will have additional Perspex screens and sanitiser stations, too, so that you can keep yourself clean and safe throughout your visit.

You’ll also be encouraged to use contactless payments wherever possible. We’ll still be taking cash and card payments, but contactless is proven to be the safest way of exchanging money during the pandemic climate. You’ll be able to pay up to £45 per transaction with us in this manner.

You’ll also find that we are making big changes to our dining experience. The layout of our fabulous restaurant is changing to help safely position you with regard to our staff and other customers. What’s more, our menus will be disposable, and while you can rely on at seat service, we will continue to serve you in a manner that is safe in line with government advice.

 

What Are We Doing to Protect You?

Not only are we bringing in the above measures to offer you additional safety and protection, we are changing the way we operate, too. This means that our team will be working to careful, pre-planned shifts, where interaction is more limited than before. This does not mean you won’t still receive the same great service! However, what it will mean is that the Owlerton team will interact with each other in more conscientious ways.

Rest assured; we’ve taken up thorough retraining during lockdown. This means that all our team at Owlerton understands what is expected of them by the time we re-open. It’s just as important to keep you safe as it is to keep our team safe, too.

Please also be aware that we will be wearing PPE, or personal protection equipment, should need arise. This means that we may where masks, guards or gloves depending on the situation at hand. Please understand that these measures are in place to help keep Owlerton Stadium safe for all to enjoy during this difficult time.

 

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Before you visit Owlerton Stadium, there are a couple of other points you should keep in mind. Please be aware that, in line with social distancing measures, we will be changing the number of customers we welcome into our venue at any one time. Please note that this may mean we may restrict volumes at busy periods. Please understand that, again, this is to help keep everyone safe – and we ask for your understanding while we all continue to adapt to these pandemic measures.

We will also be making sure that our premises are carefully cleaned and monitored more so than ever before. Owlerton Stadium has always been a clean, safe place for everyone to relax and unwind in. However, we will be renewing our focus on high traffic regions and will also ensure that any highly-touched areas are cleaned as priority.

We do ask you to consider how you are feeling before you head to our venue. Not only is it not going to be much fun for you to try and enjoy a night out when you’re feeling poorly, you must isolate yourself at home is you are showing any signs of COVID-19. Even if you have mild symptoms associated with the virus, please do not visit Owlerton Stadium. The NHS advises that you need to self-isolate for at least a week if you have symptoms, or test positive, and for up to two weeks if you have been in contact with anyone who has the virus. Full advice is available online from the NHS.

 

Looking to the Future

We understand that these are challenging times for everyone right now. The pandemic has changed normality in many different ways. However, to keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy, Owlerton Stadium is taking measured, careful steps to ensure that you can continue to enjoy our hospitality and racing experiences without fear of infection.

To help keep Owlerton Stadium safe during this period, please be sure to follow our social distancing guidelines, to sanitise your hands on arrival and throughout your stay, and to make sure to stay home if you are showing any signs or symptoms relating to COVID-19.

We all hope that these new measures will only be temporary for a little while longer. However, until we can all get greater control over the virus, we must continue to make things safe for our team and our customers.

Owlerton Stadium is re-opening – and we can’t wait to bring our fantastic racing action back to the people of Sheffield. Take a look at our deals and packages and do remember to stay safe and alert.

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[ 6th July 2020 ]

Looking for Quality Dining and Evening Entertainment in Sheffield? Try Owlerton Stadium

Sheffield is, of course, jam-packed with brilliant entertainment venues and bars. It’s often hard to know where to start! However, if you are looking for food, drink, and entertainment with a difference, you can’t go far wrong with a night out at Owlerton Stadium. Offering award-winning food, drink, and race entertainment, we are continuing to bring a brilliant selection of food, snacks and more to the people of Sheffield. Are you looking for evening entertainment Sheffield and elsewhere with a difference? It’s safe to say that the same old bars and restaurants can get a bit samey after a while.

 

Therefore, have you ever thought of spending a night at the dog track? Owlerton continues to welcome families, birthday parties and corporate groups alike all year around. However, we offer more than just dog racing. Why not take a closer look at some of our more popular packages and rates available right now?

 

Award-Winning Cuisine

restaurant_sideA first-class restaurant might not be the first thing you think of when you book a day or night at the races. However, Owlerton is always ready to change the way that people view racing fun and evening entertainment across Sheffield. It’s important to us that we continue to offer our guests a great service – not just in terms of the racing we host, but also in the quality of food and drink we prepare, too!

 

When booking in at our restaurant, you’ll have access to tasty treats and home-cooked food which really packs a punch. Instead of filling up on fast food elsewhere, it surely makes sense to sample some delicious fare that you can tuck into alongside a night full of racing fun.

 

Our Panorama Restaurant is the jewel in our crown. We love hosting guests here – offering a modern and sophisticated approach to family dining, you’ll be able to sample mouth-watering main courses in the form of sirloin steaks, hake fillets and bacon, vegetable, and chickpea Lancashire hotpots, and more besides.

 

Our kitchen team works incredibly hard to make sure that our food is of exceptional quality. What’s more, we take the time to listen to our customers, too. We want to ensure that we continue to deliver delicious desserts and more besides – and above all, we want to do so at incredible value to you. It’s part of what has helped us to win awards over the years!

 

Pick the Panorama Package

If you’re intrigued by our range of cuisine and culinary creations, it is likely a great idea that you check out our popular Panorama Package. Owlerton is always ready to help save you as much money as possible on your nights out and your dining experiences!

 

The Panorama Package will offer you three courses from our vast menu of choices, as well as a race card and up to four fantastic hours of greyhound racing fun. On top of this, you will also benefit from our superb waiting service and first-class care, meaning that even though you are buying into a package deal, there really is nothing stopping you from sampling the best in luxury hospitality.

 

Above all, the price of the Panorama Package is likely to tempt you! For all of the above, you can expect to pay as little as £13 per person. If you have a big celebration coming up, it might be just what you’re looking for to cut down on the cost of wining and dining with friends and family.

 

Although you are getting a great value deal, that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from top class care and support. Our team at Owlerton is always friendly and hospitable. We love what we do, and we want nothing more to ensure that you can relax and have fun with us for less than you might expect elsewhere.

 

Extensive Views

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One of the best reasons to join us at Owlerton for a bite to eats is for our amazing views of the track and beyond. As the name suggests, the Panorama Restaurant offers just that – a stunning panorama of all the racing fun and action to come. What worth is there in setting up a restaurant at a greyhound stadium if you can’t experience the thrill of the racing while you relax?

 

Families love heading to Owlerton not only for the great savings and packages, but also for the unique atmosphere and overall experience. Those who have never sampled dog racing before may find it tempting to think that there’s little more to a night out than just a few races.

 

Naturally, it’s our job to help change these perceptions! At Owlerton Stadium, we want to make sure that our restaurant services continue to offer an unbelievable standard of care. Therefore, if you are thinking of welcoming a large party of friends along with you to celebrate your big day, you can rely on us to make things extra special.

 

Great Value, Great Fun

There is lots of evening entertainment Sheffield has to offer. However, how much of it really comes close to a fantastic night out at the dog track? Owlerton Stadium has established itself as a marvellous restaurant, bar and family fun venue which is open to enjoy throughout the year.

 

If you are stuck for new and exciting ways to spend your evenings in Sheffield, why not consider going a bit left of field? We offer responsible, affordable greyhound racing alongside some of the most affordable dining and drinks experience the city has to offer. What’s more, as a family-friendly environment, you can be sure that we are always on top of providing a safe yet exciting atmosphere.

 

Owlerton inarguably presents the absolute best in flexible entertainment and social fun that Sheffield stands to benefit from. Why not take a closer look at some of our packages and services? Fed up of the same old nights out and parties in the city? Time to head to the dogs and to sample our amazing menus!

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[ 27th May 2020 ]

Corporate Dining in Sheffield – Why Choose Owlerton Stadium?

Whether you have a big corporate milestone to celebrate, a year of success, or want to unveil new plans for your company, a corporate dinner or gala can be fantastic fun. However, regardless of your event, you should always make sure to look for an exciting and appealing venue in your local area. Owlerton Stadium’s leading racing packages, exclusive suites and dining options may be just the ticket for corporate dining in Sheffield.

Are you looking for a venue with a difference? Corporate events are important affairs, but at the same time, they offer fantastic opportunities for people to wind down and to celebrate their shared corporate successes for the year. Why should you ever make your corporate dinner a stuffy affair? We’re here to help transform the way in which businesses and firms host their dinners and galas across the city.

 

Why Choose Owlerton Stadium?

 

Dinner Party

The magic of greyhound racing is something that can really bring people together. If you are looking for a creative and exciting way to bring together your team to celebrate a great year, it makes sense to give them a bit of fun.

Owlerton Stadium is a popular venue not only for responsible greyhound racing, but also for private parties and events. Therefore, while we host a wide array of birthday and private events services, we’re also pleased to welcome business events and corporate affairs, too. Why not choose a private room or box over the track?

You and your team may also benefit from the full VIP experience. Requisite with attentive service and incredible, private party services, you can take your corporate dinner to the next level with a bespoke package.

The idea that corporate dinners and galas have to be awkward affairs is outdated. Here at Owlerton, our team wants to make sure you have access to everything you need to make your corporate celebration one worth remembering.

 

Settle into Our Restaurant

As well as offering exclusive VIP boxes and services, you should also take the time to look at our Panorama Restaurant. Offering a delicious menu of favourites and unique drink options, it’s easy to set up a corporate event or dinner package in our own unique eatery and bar. What makes Owlerton a leader in corporate dining in Sheffield is that we are never afraid to offer something a little different.

Book a private table and dining package with our team and you will benefit from attentive service, views of the track, and a wonderful array of choice. It’s easy and flexible to book your corporate dinner online with us, but you can also get in touch with our team via helpline if you’d prefer to discuss specific needs and wants.
We’ll make sure to welcome your guests and team to a corporate dinner that takes care of all dietary requirements and needs. Therefore, your guests will have the chance to truly sit back and relax.

 

Affordable and Flexible

One of the best reasons to book corporate dining in Sheffield at Owlerton Stadium is for the sheer value for money we provide. Right now, you won’t have to pay a penny in deposit to book a table, box, or suite. Even if you’d like to know more about our top executive box, which welcomes up to 65 people at a time, you can still take advantage of booking in without paying a thing upfront.

This sets our team and venue apart from the pack in terms of corporate dining. Too many times, businesses and firms are expected to pay through the nose for their dinners and galas. Not only do we offer a wonderful night out that can be as professional and as fun as you demand it, we will offer you fair rates on a variety of packages.

Corporate dining packages will also benefit from drinks and racing action as you desire. Even if you prefer to keep your event purely to the dining and bar space, that is absolutely fine. You should feel free to set up your perfect corporate event your way – and not have anyone tell you otherwise.

 

Corporate Dinners with a Difference

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We dislike the idea that corporate dining and events hosting should be dull and dragging. Yes – there is always going to be the need for you to talk shop – but if there is something you can all celebrate; it surely makes sense to have a bit of fun at the same time. Of course, we will always be happy to help you find that balance between professionalism and fun – and you can rely on Owlerton’s expert staff to help ensure everyone is safe and happy on the evening.

Owlerton is a fantastic venue for corporate dining in Sheffield for many reasons. Not only do we offer a large array of space for dinners of varying sizes, we also make sure to give our guests the chance to sample delicious food, drink, and racing action. If you are tired of heading to the same old meeting spaces and tired venues again and again, why not go for something a bit different?

If something is worth celebrating, then it is certainly worth creating a memorable and positive night to remember. Why not take a look at some of the leading packages, boxes, and services we have on offer?

 

Book with Owlerton

It’s time to start thinking about booking your perfect corporate dining space at Owlerton Stadium. We welcome large parties with affordable and competitive tariffs per head. What’s more, there are few venues offering corporate dining in Sheffield with a difference. Whether you enjoy racing or are simply looking for a flexible space and an experienced team to help you celebrate, we are here for you.

Be sure to call the booking line on 0114 234 3074, email us at enquiries@owlertonstadium.co.uk or make a point of getting in touch through our online system. Book your perfect corporate event with us without having to put down a deposit – and welcome your team to another year of business success to come.

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[ 7th April 2020 ]

COVID-19 Update: Owlerton Stadium Closed for the Foreseeable

COVID-19 Update: Owlerton Stadium Closed for the Foreseeable

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the latest government regulations stating that only essential businesses may remain open, we have had to close our venue until further notice.

We have made this decision in order to protect our valued customers and staff members, but we will continuously monitor government regulations and will re-open as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so. We would like to thank you for your understanding and support at this time, and we look forward to seeing you once we re-open.

 

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How to support the NHS

Through these unprecedented times, most us are able to stay within the comfort and safety of our own homes.

However, many NHS workers across the UK are putting their lives on the line day in day out to protect us from the outbreak as best they can, which is why we need to show our support and gratitude in any way possible.

Whether it’s signing up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder (if this applies to you, please take extra care to stay safe while doing your bit), or taking part in the many creative ways to support the NHS staff – every little counts.

If you are unable to help as a Responder, the best way to protect our valuable NHS is simple – stay at home.

 

From our team to you…

From all of our team here at Owlerton Stadium, we are deeply saddened that we are not able to welcome you to our much-loved venue at present.

We hope you stay safe during this time, and we very much look forward to welcoming you back once we are able to re-open!

 

If you have any questions for us, we hope that the below FAQ will answer them.

Can’t find the answer to your question below? Please email enquiries@owlertonstadium.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long will Owlerton Stadium be closed for?

Unfortunately, we are unable to give a date as to when Owlerton Stadium will re-open – this is down to government guidelines.

 

How will I know when you re-open?

We are continuously monitoring the situation in accordance to government advice, and will continue to update our website & Social Media channels with any changes.

 

What if I have a booking with you?

We are sorry to say that all upcoming events in the near future will not be taking place. If you have a booking and are therefore affected by this, you will be contacted by one of our bookings team – where you will have the option to either transfer your booking to a later date, or to receive a full refund. Please note that we are extremely busy at this time, but will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

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[ 9th March 2020 ]

NHS Staff Discount

March is NHS Month at Owlerton Stadium, recognising invaluable work of local NHS employees with a special promotion open exclusively to NHS workers.

Staff at Owlerton Stadium are getting ready to welcome NHS staff from across Sheffield and South Yorkshire as part of its NHS Month. Throughout March, anyone employed by the

NHS including doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists and pharmacists will be able to take advantage of a special offer open only to them. All NHS card holders will receive a free drink, free admission and a free racecard for up to 4 people.

Owlerton Stadium’s NHS Month is part of a nationwide campaign being rolled out by greyhound stadia across the country. Stadia belonging to the Race Course Promoters Association (RCPA) are offering special promotions to recognise the important contribution NHS workers make to the lives of local people.

As the UK’s sixth most popular spectator sport, greyhound racing brings together people of all ages and backgrounds in the shared enjoyment of watching greyhounds race. Owlerton Stadium looks forward to welcoming new and current spectators to its popular race nights on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Dave Perry, Owlerton Stadium Venue Director commented: “We’re really excited to be able to give something back to our local community and offer our thanks to the NHS for their dedicated service.”

The NHS Month offer is only valid on presentation of proof of employment in the NHS.

Further information is available at www.owlertonstadium.co.uk/nhs or by calling 0114 234 3074.

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[ 3rd February 2020 ]

Why Attend One of Our Speedway Racing Events?

If you’ve ever been to Owlerton Stadium before, you’ll know that we are Sheffield’s home for greyhound racing. However, did you know that we also host more than just dogs at our track? From March to October this year, Owlerton will be proud to host races as part of 2020’s Speedway season. One of the most exciting motorsports available to enjoy in the UK right now, we’re proud to have been a part of the Speedway scene since we first opened. Believe it or not, we’ve been around for nearly 100 years! So too, has Speedway.

If you’re visiting us at any point between March and October, you might want to head on down and take in a Speedway race or two. If you’ve never watched speedway up close before, it’s a really exhilarating experience! Cheer on your favourite riders and revel in the atmosphere. You really can’t beat it.

 

The Thrill of the Race

speedway racingPeople love flocking to Owlerton for our amazing greyhound racing facilities. However, more and more people across South Yorkshire are taking the time to check out a few of our alternative sports and events. Speedway racing, for example, might seem a bit out of the ordinary for a lot of people. It’s a bit different to a night or two at the dogs! However, we think it’s just as exciting, in a completely different way.
Speedway racing is high-octane and easy to get into. The racers we host here are always ready to tear around and put on a great show! It’s a fairly long season, however, Owlerton is one of the premier stadiums and venues to watch these races unfold in the UK right now. Certainly, we’re proud to be Sheffield’s most popular racetracks. For that reason, we’re pleased to present a variety of different racing experiences for all our visitors.

If you fancy something a little bit different to watching and betting on dogs, all you need to do is head down every Thursday. From 7:30pm, the racing action starts – but we open our doors at 6.30pm, so make sure to get on down and secure your place before the riders start revving up.

 

Fantastic Food and Drink

Steak mealAnother reason why so many people choose Owlerton Stadium for racing and sporting fun is our hospitality. We want to offer spectacular views and atmosphere to all our guests, as well as food and drink that’s affordable and delicious at the same time. As you may already know, we offer many drinks packages that you can order in advance.

However, on a Thursday evening, you can settle yourself down in the Panorama Restaurant mid-racing and tuck into a fantastic carvery dinner. Our chefs are always ready to serve up some delectable Thursday night menus, meaning that if you’re hungry for more than just a bit of racing action, we’ll see you right.

Our Panorama Restaurant, as well as our wider boxes and suites, give you fantastic vantage over the racing below. There’s no better way to take in speedway racing than from the comfort of our fantastic hospitality spaces. Therefore, when you’ve taken in enough of the trackside fun, why not head upstairs and indoors? Our friendly team is always ready to help you settle in for some racing with a luxury twist. What a great way to spend your Thursday evenings!

 

Thursdays Are No Longer Boring

Thursday is a day of the week no one is really that bothered about. It’s the bridge between Wednesday and Friday that just sort of clings around! Therefore, we want to make a big change. We want the people of Sheffield to start loving Thursdays – and for that reason, we’re hosting 2020’s biggest and best speedway races right here at Owlerton Stadium.

Whether you’re heading over from work or have a long weekend off, Owlerton is ready to share the pinnacle of high octane racing with you. We’re regularly hosting the Sheffield Tigers on Thursday evenings, meaning you’ll get the pick of the racing crop from the local area. Racing is electric fun. Find a favourite rider and cheer them on to the finish line!

Thursdays at Owlerton Stadium are just as fun as any other day. Thanks to our Speedway events and calendar, it’s now going to be the highlight of many people’s weeks! What’s more, it’s now a great day to take advantage of some fantastic hospitality and big drinks packages. You could even tie in a party or a gathering with a Speedway visit. Why not hire a booth or a suite to watch all the action from?

 

Keep an Eye on the Calendar

The Speedway racing season is just getting started. Therefore, it’s high time you took a look at what’s coming up on our calendar. With fair pricing and fantastic facilities available, there is no better way to start taking in some of Sheffield’s most exciting racing events.

Owlerton Stadium is a venue that’s much loved for a variety of reasons! We play host to many different races and plenty of different events. Take a look at what’s coming up, book yourself a package and maybe even consider setting up in a suite or private box! We’re here to make Thursday evenings magical for all our visitors. Give us a call on 07812 622573 for more information.

 

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[ 24th December 2019 ]

5 Reasons Why We Have One of the Best Birthday Party Venues in Sheffield

If you’re a Sheffield native, there’s a good chance you already know how lively the city and general area can be! There is a fantastic choice of party venues Sheffield has on offer, as well as stacks of great entertainment packages. However, what many Sheffield venues can lack is that unique experience. Here at Owlerton Stadium, we are always proud to present unique birthday parties Sheffield locals and greyhound racing fans can take part in all year round. As well as being a big name in the Christmas and New Year party scene, we are also well-known for our fantastic, flexible birthday packages.

But what are some of the great reasons why you should hire Owlerton Stadium above all other birthday party venues Sheffield has to offer? Here are just five to help you get started.

 

There’s Nothing Quite Like Trackside Entertainment

Chances are you’ve probably been to a birthday party or two in your life – but how many of them have taken place in full view of a glorious greyhound track? Of all the party venues Sheffield has to offer, Owlerton Stadium presents incredible at-seat entertainment that’s always unique. There is nothing quite like taking in the thrill of dog racing on your special day.

With our packages and boxes, you can celebrate your birthday in style with a front-row seat to watch your dogs come in. Whether you win or not, you will always be guaranteed of a great time. Not many Sheffield venues will cater you for food and drink quite like Owlerton – and the best part is, you can pay for much of your menu before you arrive!

 

You’ll Get a Freebie on Us

Owlerton Stadium is proud to offer birthday visitors a free three-course meal, or a free six-pack admission, when their special day rolls around. This means you are completely covered when you visit us during the month of your birthday! To activate this deal, all we ever ask you to do is sign up to our email subscriber list. Within 24 hours of submitting your details to us, we will deliver a voucher to you that’s valid across the year. What a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday!

You can opt out of our email list at any time, but why would you want to? We will keep you up to date on all of our latest deals and events. What’s more, we will always be ready to show you why we offer some of the best birthday parties Sheffield has to offer – bar none.

 

Wine and Dine

Some people may assume that a birthday night out at a greyhound stadium is all about the dog racing. That really isn’t the case! We are always pleased to host birthday parties in our exquisite restaurant and lounge bars, meaning that you and your party can sit back and relax with a delicious menu of food and access to some of the finest bubbly this side of the Pennines. How many other Sheffield party venues give you access to a full menu and drinks package as well as full view of some exhilarating racing? Not many!

Our restaurant and drinks packages are flexible and affordable for parties of varying sizes. Therefore, do always take your time to look through our packages and to let us know if you have any queries or concerns. Our fabulous restaurant is perfect for birthdays, with at-seat service and a superb selection of food and drink ready for you to sample at your leisure. It’s a great way to get the party started, and other birthday party venues Sheffield has to offer don’t go anywhere near as wild as us!

 

Choose a Private Box

If you’d prefer to keep your celebration closed-off and between a select group of family and friends, we are always only too happy to oblige. We want to make sure your birthday party is completely tailored to your wants and needs. Therefore, if you’d like to take in the racing from your own VIP lounge or box, you can! We offer amazing competitive prices on all our boxes throughout the year, as well as on our hospitality suites, so we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible to book and avoid disappointment.

There are plenty of great ways to celebrate your birthday at Owlerton Stadium. However, we perfectly understand that some people will want to celebrate in style! Our hospitality suites and private boxes are more affordable than you may think, and what’s more, you and your guests will benefit from wonderful buffet and bar facilities while you watch the races.

 

The Night Doesn’t End with Racing

birthday party venues sheffieldOwlerton Stadium is right next door to the fabulous Sheffield branch of Napoleons Casino, which means when the racing is over, you can take your birthday bash up to the next level. Pop your birthday troupe next door and take on some roulette, blackjack, craps, slots and more. We’re proud to be so close to one of Sheffield’s finest gaming establishments.

In our collective opinion, nothing beats a birthday bash that offers you tons of excitement and great memories. As one of the top party venues Sheffield has for you to discover, we want to make sure you also have the chance to explore the biggest and brightest sights the city is known for. Napoleons is just the start, however, it will be massively convenient to many that this full Vegas lounge is just next door!

 

Book With Us

We hope we’ve given you a nice taste of what to expect from your birthday party at Owlerton Stadium. We are flexible and friendly. If the idea of a night at the races appeals to you, it’s time you get in touch with one of the leading providers of birthday parties Sheffield has to offer. Call us now on 0114 234 3074 to learn more, or book your bash online to get ahead of the pack!

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[ 19th December 2019 ]

Looking for Bars in Sheffield? Here’s Why Owlerton is the No 1 Choice!

It’s safe to say that there are plenty of bars in Sheffield. As one of the biggest university cities in the UK, you’ll find plenty of chain pubs, bars and even more than a few independent venues scattered around. The city is famous for its fantastic nightlife! However, have you considered heading to a bar in Sheffield that offers something a little bit different in terms of venue and entertainment? Bar crawls around Sheffield don’t have to be about just downing a few pints.

Owlerton Stadium is a fully-fledged greyhound racing centre, complete with a full restaurant and several bars for you to relax and unwind in. If the idea of taking time out to watch some dog racing really appeals to you, then make sure to take time at Owlerton to sample our fantastic bar menus and drinks selections. Not only that, but if you want to book a Christmas event with us, or even if you want to use us as a birthday party venue, we are here to welcome you.

Why Choose Our Bars?

drinks with friendsSure – there are plenty of great bars in Sheffield, but how many of them back onto a popular dog track? How many of them have a fabulous casino right next door? Not many of them, we’d wager! However, it’s not just the surroundings and the facilities you should look for in a great bar, it’s the atmosphere, too. Our on-site bars are laid-back and friendly, and what’s more, there is always tons of space for you to sit back and relax in. There’s nothing better than taking some time out to relax after a hard day at work, and we’re local enough for most professionals in Sheffield to come on down and sample our drinks deals and fantastic service.

Beyond this, our bars offer you the chance to use Owlerton as an exclusive Christmas party venue. Bookings are moving thick and fast, which means you are going to need to get in touch soon to make sure you confirm your place. Plenty of bars in Sheffield will be welcoming guests for Christmas and New Year, but few will offer the fantastic packages we offer.

Welcome small gatherings and huge bashes fit to bring in hundreds of people at any one time. We tailor Christmas and Birthday party packages to your needs, which means you can pre-book drinks and even match a meal deal or two in our fabulous restaurant. There’s no better way to make sure that all your guests are fed and watered. Beyond this, however, you should look for a venue that offers brilliant entertainment – and you can use our bespoke packages to enjoy dog racing while you’re here, as well as casino fun next door.

Three Fantastic Bars for Any Christmas Event

No matter the size or style of your Christmas event, it’s time to look closely at the bars we have on offer. Owlerton is not only pleased to welcome you to a variety of brilliant boxes for VIP racing, but also three separate bars and lounges, all of which you can enjoy through our well-known deals and packages. For example, you only have to spend a little money to access sour bars and racing action with our popular 6 Pack Party Package. Grab yourself a basket meal, a drink and a racing card – what more could you want? Well – take a look at our 6 Pack + deals, and you might just find a few upgrades that really tickle your fancy.

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Our main Panorama Bar is sleek, stylish, and is very popular with visitors and guests who want to get the best eyeline on the dog racing. Visit this bar if you want to sit back and watch your winners come in while sipping a cocktail or two with friends. It’s one of the best Christmas party venue choices in the region, too.

Our Paddock Bar really does get you up close to the greyhound racing action. The bar actually opens up onto the trackside, meaning you get a genuine front-row seat to all the dogs racing past at any one time. For fans of greyhound racing, this bar and any Birthday party venue packages you buy into will be absolutely ideal. Few bars in Sheffield get you this close to live entertainment that is so electric and so addictive!

Last, but by no means least, is our Napoleons Bar. This is our biggest bar lounge, welcoming up to 400 guests. Therefore, if you want to host a huge Christmas event for your whole office, or for a particularly sizeable family gathering, you can go right ahead and book in with us today. The best thing about all our bars, of course, is the fact that you can use them both for casual nights out and for parties. With Christmas approaching, there’s never been a better time to cut loose and have some festive fun.

Book with Owlerton

If you’ve been looking around other bars in Sheffield and are struggling to find the perfect fit for your Christmas event, there’s no need to panic. Owlerton Stadium offers some fantastic packages and amazing hospitality. Just looking for a great night out? Want a birthday party venue that gives you a few extra memories to cherish for years to come? We make it our mission to help you settle into that party mood.

One of the best things about the bars at Owlerton Stadium is the fact that if you do want to move onto something different, we are just next door to Napoleons Casino. Therefore, you can cash in your dog racing winnings and stock up on some chips!

Owlerton Stadium is a fantastic Christmas party venue. We really go all out when it comes to welcoming in the festive season! Come on down and let us show you what we can do for your festive event. Book online, view our Christmas menu and call us on 0114 234 3074 for more information.