[ 9th June 2021 ]

Looking for a Hen or Stag Do in Sheffield? Book a Night at The Dogs

When it comes to wedding traditions, one of the best-loved is that ‘last night of freedom’. If you’re looking for the best stag do Sheffield has to offer, or a hen do Sheffield revellers will remember for all the right reasons, make your celebration a night at The Dogs.

Owlerton Stadium re-opened in May and we are thrilled to welcome back parties for all occasions. That includes stags and hens! We have special deals for hens and stags to take advantage of, especially if you and the groom or bride to be is looking for something different from the usual night out in Sheffield – all quick and easy to book online!


stag do Sheffield at Owlerton Stadium

Hens and Stags – Set, Ready!

Is there anything more exciting than a night at the races? Apart from getting married, of course! For that unforgettable night out with the lads or lasses, you really can’t go wrong with a spectacular evening of dog racing, followed by a delicious meal in our Panorama restaurant. With three separate bars to choose from, and Napoleons Casino next door, you really are looking at the complete stag and hen package, all in one short taxi ride.

Our stag and hen party packages are perfect for every budget, giving you access to race betting, delicious dinner menus and a wide array of drinks in all three of our bars. One of our most popular packages, 6 Pack Plus, really does make an ideal hen or stag deal.

With 6 Pack Plus, you’ll get your racecard and admission, Chicken in a Basket meal, two free bets and a drink – from £10pp on Fridays and £12pp on Saturdays. For the ultimate race evening dining experience in our magnificent Panorama Restaurant, you can enjoy our three-course menu for £20pp on Fridays and £25pp on Saturdays. Sample exceptional waiting service, Tote runner and delicious menus while you watch the racing from your seat.


Hosting a VIP Bash?

Your stag or hen do should absolutely be a VIP affair! We’re pleased to announce that our VIP hospitality boxes are back for party bookings from the 22nd of June. You can host a private party with your own balcony, minibar, and full service on demand. There will be a hot and cold buffet for you to dip into while you wait for your runners to come in.

You can book your party four hours of live dog racing in the heart of Sheffield – there really is no better way to celebrate than a night at The Dogs. When it comes to planning a stag do in Sheffield, you’re really going to want to make it a big one. With four hours of guaranteed entertainment, fantastic food and a late-night casino next door, Owlerton Stadium is a great place to celebrate your last night of freedom.

For the bride to be, why not plan a hen party in Sheffield fuelled with racing mayhem. Complete with private bar and Tote betting, our VIP boxes are the perfect place to say goodbye to those L-plates and party with the girls!


Mark the Occasion with a Celebration Package

When it comes to celebrating a hen or stag do, you can go all-out with Owlerton and order our Celebration Package. For £75, your party gets a bottle of prosecco, full celebration cake and table decorations, a personal PA announcement, and even discount vouchers for your next night at The Dogs.

Regardless of whether you are planning a stag do or hen do in Sheffield, you’ll be able to take away your own unique trophy presentation photo. The icing on the cake is a sponsored race in the name of the bride or groom!

For any racing fan, or hens and stags looking for something particularly special for that ‘last night of freedom’, the Celebration Package really does add the finishing touch to any party.


Book Your Perfect Party

From VIP boxes to trackside fun, Owlerton Stadium is the perfect location for stag and hen parties in Sheffield. We are close to the city centre, with an array of great hotels and convenient taxis.

If you’re planning a hen party in Sheffield or a stag do and want to celebrate with a difference, come and cheer your favourite dogs home!

Booking your stag or hen party with Owlerton couldn’t be easier – book your tickets online. Let’s make it a party to remember!

[ 11th May 2021 ]

What’s on in Sheffield: Upcoming Events at Owlerton Stadium

Now that lockdown is starting to ease, many of us are looking for big days out and local events in Sheffield – and why not, it’s been a long time coming! Owlerton Stadium is pleased to be launching exciting events for you enjoy in the coming months – you can finally head down to the Stadium for family fun and those long-awaited get-together with friends. If you’re not sure what’s on in Sheffield in the coming weeks, or if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with family and friends, Team Owlerton are here to help.

Let’s take a look at some of the best upcoming events Sheffield visitors to Owlerton can expect when they book with us online and head on down over the spring and summer. Please note, we will keep you up to date on any changes to our events should we be required to, in keeping with government guidelines. Lockdown may be lifting at long last, but of course, the safety of our patrons is of paramount importance.


Owlerton Fathers Day - What's on in Sheffield

Exclusive Father’s Day Event

On Sunday 20th June, why not treat your Dad to a day at the races? Owlerton Stadium is pleased to present a booking-only Father’s Day special, where all Dads can claim a free bottle of Coors Light on arrival, and where the whole family can take advantage of our fantastic-value restaurant deals.

For just £25 per person, you’ll be able to enjoy a three-course meal from our specially selected Father’s Day Menu in our Panorama Restaurant, complete with a racecard and dedicated tote runner. It’s £12.50 each for the kids, too, which is amazing value for an exclusive event! Don’t worry – you’ll still have access to our amazingly popular 6 Pack Plus deal too, where you can get two bets, a guaranteed seat, racecard, basket meal and drink, all for just £12 per person!

Gates open on Father’s Day at 11:30am with the first race due to start at 12:30pm. Keep in mind, that we won’t accept general admission on the day. That means you’ll be able to book ahead for an exclusive Father’s Day treat! It really is one of the highlights of what’s on in Sheffield this spring.


Speedway Returns!

Have you missed Owlerton’s brilliant Speedway events? So have we! We’ve been hosting Speedway racing to our visitors for decades so we certainly cannot wait for the Sheffield Tigers to return to racing at the Stadium!

Later this year, we’ll be thrilled to welcome you all back to some local Speedway fun that’s unrivalled across the region. As we will be keeping in line with government guidelines for opening and entertainment, we will keep Tigers fans updated on what you can expect from Sheffield Speedway in the coming months.

For now, keep an eye on our social and website events pages. As soon as we get the green light, it’s go, go, go. Owlerton Stadium is going to be the jewel of Sheffield events for sports fanatics once again!


Owlerton’s Outdoor Cinema

Another part of everyday life we know you’ve all been missing is going to the cinema. To help get you back in the mood for some summer fun, we’re pleased to announce we’re launching Outdoor Cinema at the Stadium, showing some much-loved family favourites, with a hot food stand and outdoor bar.

Enjoy movie classics for the whole family with your picnic blanket on our outdoor green. To kick things off on Wednesday 18th August, we’ll be showing Disney’s The Lion King, the original animated classic from 1994. Join us the day after and you’ll be taken back to the 50s to enjoy legendary musical Grease. 43 years after its original release in 1978, Grease remains a firm family favourite!


We’ve Missed You All!

We can all agree that it’s been a long, gruelling year for just about everyone. Thankfully, fingers crossed, things are turning a corner and that means we can safely reopen the Stadium and all of our wonderful Sheffield events for you to book in and enjoy for the season to come. Of course, while the above offers a glimpse at the best upcoming events Sheffield families can look forward to, Owlerton greyhound racing will be back for our patrons to enjoy from 18th May.

Now really is the time to book your seat at Owlerton Stadium. We’re going to be ramping up the fast-paced family fun over the next few months, all being well, and we are certainly going to help you make up for lost time.

Check out events you can book online for with us now, and don’t forget to call our booking line if you have any queries!

[ 6th April 2021 ]


Owners see a return to Owlerton

Whilst the gates to Owlerton open wide from the 18th May for our lovely customers, we will see Owners returning much sooner from the 12th April!
It feels like a lifetime since Owners and Customers graced the terraces but there isn’t long now and were certainly chomping at the bit to see some normality.
We can’t thank you all enough for your patience and we would like to extend our gratitude to all the Owners who have stuck it out and remained loyal to their hounds!

We have worked hard with the local authority to see this come to fruition and we are pleased to say that as of 12th April you can once again come and watch your beloved Greyhound do what it was born to do at the track!

There will of course be safety measures in place as there were last time and stringent checks to ensure we’re doing our part in seeing a return to normality coupled with the preservation of safety and wellbeing. It will be essential you call our bookings team at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee your spot trackside, we can’t allow walk-ins just yet we’re afraid. Please note there will be no food or drink outlets open until the 18th of May.

Once again, thank you to our customers, please bear with us a little longer, not long now! Also, a massive thank you to our Owners who have been so supportive and patient this past year, see you in a few weeks!

[ 31st March 2021 ]

It’s Official – Get on Your Marks for Owlerton Stadium’s Grand Reopening!

Are you ready to get back to some fantastic family fun at Sheffield’s premier greyhound racing stadium? We can hardly wait to tell you the news – Owlerton Stadium will be back open for business again as of the 17th of May.

We’re thrilled to have a provisional re-opening date in place. It’s been a long, hard ride for all of us. We’ve missed you all terribly, and we know that you’re all looking forward to spending a few evenings with us cheering on your favourite dogs.

So – now really is the time for you to start booking that fantastic evening out you’ve been looking forward to with your friends and family. This is it – we are nearly at the finishing line – and it’s safe to say we could all use a bit of decompression!


Bookings Now Open

Owlerton has taken the decision to re-open in May very seriously. We want to make sure that it is safe for us to welcome our loyal guests back into the stands, and that has meant keeping a close eye on the lockdown roadmap set out by the Prime Minister.

We’re now open for you to book parties, get-togethers, and evenings out at Owlerton Stadium from the 18th of May onwards. This means you have around two months to start planning that ultimate end of lockdown celebration with us.

Of course, we understand that there may be changes to the roadmap along the way. We, like everyone else, have our fingers tightly crossed that conditions will be safe once again for us to open up and share our fantastic facilities with you all. Should anything change in the meantime – and should the government make any announcements to the contrary – we will update you as soon as we can.


What You Can Look Forward To

Heading back to Owlerton this May means heading back to all of our much-loved deals, packages, facilities, races and more. It’s going to feel like going to the dogs for the first time all over again! The weather’s getting brighter, and dog racing evenings in the cool summer air are just around the corner.

Of course, we’re preparing our Panorama Restaurant for the big re-opening. This means you’ll be able to experience the wonderful atmosphere, track views and waiting service you’ll remember from all those months ago. Of course, we’ll also make sure the restaurant opens up within safety guidelines set by the government, too! You’ll be able to grab a tote bet and enjoy a delicious basket meal while keeping your fingers crossed for those runners coming in.

We’re also bringing in brand new seasonal menus, too. Things have changed a lot since this time last year, and of course, so have our cuisine selections – but not too much! You can still enjoy the old favourites on our long-standing dinner and snack menus, but you’ll also be able to sample some new seasonal staples to really mix up the old palate. You can take a look at all the menus we’ll be bringing your way online.

Of course, greyhound racing action is coming back, and during lockdown we have kept our close links with the local Greyhound Trust. Therefore, you can be sure our runners will be healthy, happy, and raring to go by the time mid-May rolls around.

Do also look forward to checking out our fabulous selection of drinks and facilities. We offer three separate bars here at Owlerton, each with their own atmosphere and style. It’s like having a night out without having to leave the building!

And yes – the 6 Pack Plus offer, giving you a drink, a basket meal, racing access and bets – will be coming back, too. This amazingly popular racing package is one of the biggest hits with customers here at Owlerton. It’s incredible value, and frankly, we’d be mad to not bring it back with the rest of the racing fun!


Something to Look Forward To

It’s been a long and difficult year. There have been stops and starts, and we’ve been working hard to make sure we can re-open our doors safely, so that racing fun can return to Sheffield in a big way. We now have something even bigger to look forward to – with the lockdown roadmap easing up in the months to come, Owlerton is throwing open its doors and bringing back all the racing fun you’ll remember from early 2020!

Start booking with us online now – take a look at our online form, email us at, or call us directly on 0114 234 3074. We’re still working behind the scenes, and we can’t wait to see you all again – it’s been a long time coming, and fingers crossed we’ll see you by the track this coming May!

[ 18th March 2021 ]

Greyhound Trust Sheffield: An Insight into the Amazing Work They Do

Here at Owlerton Stadium, we are immensely proud of all our greyhounds. After all, without them, we wouldn’t be able to offer such thrilling entertainment! That’s why we are committed to greyhound welfare and why we work closely with the fantastic Greyhound Trust Sheffield.

The local Greyhound Trust Sheffield has a special place in the hearts of locals and dog lovers as well as those who enjoy racing. Owlerton Stadium prides itself on looking after each and every one of the dogs that race on our tracks. Our greyhounds are happy, healthy, and we help them find loving homes when it is time to retire.

Thinking of adopting your own retired greyhound? Here’s a little more information to help you on your way.


sheffield greyhound trustOur Work with Greyhound Trust Sheffield

The Greyhound Trust Sheffield is one of the biggest greyhound rehoming centres in the UK. They have comprehensive facilities which house up to 26 greyhounds, with their aim always being to help any incoming retirees find warm and caring homes to settle into after finishing their racing career. A greyhound retiring from racing should always be able to look forward to home comforts, family fun and plenty of tasty treats!

The Sheffield branch is part of the national Greyhound Trust charity – you might have seen their delightful ‘Tongue Out Tuesday’ posts on Twitter and Facebook – and we regularly work with them to help local people find wonderful pets they can take home to care for. Dave Perry, Director at Owlerton Stadium, is also Chairman of the Greyhound Trust Sheffield. Therefore, we always make sure to maintain a close link with the wonderful work the charity does.


Why Do Greyhounds Make Great Family Pets?

Greyhounds aren’t just amazing to watch racing at the track. They are some of the most loveable, most gentle pets you will ever come across. In fact, they often become therapy dogs and are great companions for people who find themselves feeling lonely.

More so, they are wonderful family pets. Boundlessly energetic, greyhounds can continue to bounce around long into retirement! Of course, as with any breeds of dog or pet, they have individual personalities – however, a retired greyhound is always likely to be extremely cuddly and gentle. They just want to feel safe and enjoy a treat every now and again!

While greyhounds are fantastic runners, they don’t actually need as much exercise as you might imagine. That said, they of course love a regular walk routine like any dog, meaning a good stretch of the legs is always greeted with plenty of tail wagging! Greyhounds are, above all, homebodies – they love nothing more than to snuggle up.

We know retired greyhounds make amazing pets for family homes. However, do always make sure to meet and learn more about your prospective pet close up with the Greyhound Trust before you decide to rehome one of your own. It’s important that both you and your new four-legged friend are an ideal fit for one another!


More About the Greyhound Trust

The Greyhound Trust Sheffield, as a local charity, is dependent on its amazing volunteers. However, following recent coronavirus restrictions, the kennels have had to temporarily reduce the number of volunteers that can work in the Trust each day. With the Prime Minister’s roadmap for the end of lockdown, we’re all hopeful life at the Trust can return to normal very soon.

The volunteers at the Trust are local people of varying ages from all walks of life! They help to groom the retired pets, raise awareness of the dogs they have awaiting adoption, fundraising and offer general care for all the greyhounds that retire from racing.

The Trust is eager to get back to good old fundraising as soon as it is safe to do so again. We can’t wait to support new events, charity drives and more – and as soon as it’s safe for us to open with volunteers offering a greyhound meet and greet, you can be sure of a warm welcome! The Trust always need support – see their website for details of how you can help.



Finding Your Perfect Pooch

We are immensely proud to work with the wonderful team at the Greyhound Trust Sheffield. They have worked tirelessly since 2006 to make sure our dogs find loving homes, and in the interim, receive plenty of care and love from the moment they leave the track.

The charity has already helped to rehome more than 1,700 retired greyhounds! Could you have the perfect home that a retired greyhound is looking for after finishing a thrilling racing career?

To learn more about the Greyhound Trust, find out about supporting the charity, or even adopt your own greyhound, be sure to visit their website or call directly on 0114 288 8300.

[ 8th February 2021 ]

Our 6 Pack Plus Race Day Package – The Ideal Day Out on a Budget

Are you looking forward to getting back out again, safely, with friends and family? You are certainly not alone – everyone is ready for that long-overdue get-together. Owlerton Stadium is already preparing to welcome everyone back with our brilliant packages that are going to bring you and the family even nearer to the greyhound action than ever before.

Our 6 Pack Plus package is a fantastic deal, whether you are new to greyhound racing or a regular visitor. At Owlerton Stadium, our aim is to always provide you with a fantastic, memorable evening out, and we always do so with great value in mind.


What is the 6 Pack Plus Race Day Package?

Chicken and chips

The 6 Pack Plus package is a genuine family favourite. We have designed this deal so that you and your loved ones have access to everything you could possibly want from an evening of excitement at the races, at a price that won’t break the budget.

One of our most popular greyhound racing deals, this race day package grants you full admission to the main stadium including our brilliant panoramic views of the track, as well as access to your own seats, booked ahead of time. This means you can spend your evening cheering on your favourite dogs, in comfort! Your ticket also includes a drink and basket meal brought to your table. Meat-free options are always available from our kitchen and are happy to discuss any dietry requirements our customers may have.

Did you think we’d forget about the bets? As with any good race day package, you will receive bets on the action unfolding at the Stadium. Specifically, the 6 Pack Plus package will grant you a single bet and a jackpot bet, both worth £1 each. This deal really does offer you the best of racing and betting action at Owlerton. All this also includes your racecard, which means you’ll find it easy to keep track of what’s coming up across the evening.

For everyone under 18, we of course have a tailored version of the 6 Pack Plus package – minus the drink and bet of course! Just give our bookings team a call and they can talk you through the options available for the under 18’s in your group.


Why Choose 6 Pack Plus?

There is a reason why the 6 Pack Plus package is one of our most popular greyhound racing offers. You can currently book racing fun through 6 Pack Plus for £8 per person on Tuesdays, and £12 per person on Saturdays.

With so much crammed into this brilliant deal, it’s safe to say you are getting fantastic value for money with Owlerton Stadium. We love to welcome families as well as groups of friends and parties to our stadium, meaning if you and your loved one’s or friends fancy taking a look at some local racing action in Sheffield, now’s the time to book with us online.

Nothing really beats the buzz of live racing action. Our wonderful greyhounds are ready to help give you an evening’s entertainment and atmosphere that’s unrivalled across the city and beyond.

What’s more, if you fancy making your stag or hen night suitable for all budgets, but still want to let your hair down in a unique way, we’re always happy to help with hosting your event. Otherwise, if it’s an action-packed night out you’re after, make sure to take a look at the 6 Pack Plus and book your seats with us to beat the rush.


Family Nights Out Are Coming Back

It has been a very difficult year for lots of people, which is why Team Owlerton are working hard behind the scenes to bring back our family-friendly trackside action, as soon as possible. Once we are able to safely reopen doors to customers again, you can be sure we will welcome you all back to a safe and friendly atmosphere.

We are offering online bookings, meaning if you’re keen to celebrate the end of lockdown with a race day package, take a look at our online booking page and line up the best date for you to enjoy all the action with fantastic views of the track.

We cannot wait to bring racing action back to South Yorkshire – and our 6 Pack Plus package is the best value greyhound racing package available. Grab your racecard, bets, seats and enjoy a fabulous basket dinner and drink – perfect for any budget!

Book online with Owlerton Stadium now, or make sure to call us on 0114 234 3074.

[ 3rd February 2021 ]

Owlerton Stadium Long-Service Awards and Not a Carriage Clock in Sight!

Team Owlerton are delighted to celebrate with some of the Stadium’s most recognisable faces, albeit at a distance! We are privileged to work in a team brimming with long-service stars – a wealth of knowledge and experience which keeps the Stadium running smoothly every day.

This year we honour the dedication and tireless hard work of no less than four of Team Owlerton’s employees, who join the long-service ranks. Many of our loyal customers will know the faces of our team well; we are proud to have some of the most dedicated employees and customers imaginable.

Team Owlerton Long-Service Stars

Presenting this year’s long-service award gifts is Matt Hamilton, General Manager at the Stadium. Gone are the days of the obligatory Carriage Clock presentation; our employees get to choose their own gift for the mantel piece!

While we don’t want to make anyone blush, we would like to share a little bit of history on this year’s long-service stars:

10 Years of Service

Janet Wattam (pictured front left)

Janet has worked on Tote betting for 10 years and, as the face of Tote at Owlerton, has become an important member of this team. As Owlerton Stadium regulars will know, Janet is always pleasant and polite, with a warm and friendly smile for all her customers and colleagues.

10 Years of Service

Vanessa Glasby (pictured front right)

Vanessa has been with Team Owlerton for 10 years. During this time, Vanessa has worked in all the bars at the Stadium and helps with cleaning, to help deliver that wow factor for our customers. Vanessa is one of the most reliable members of staff anyone would wish for – always happy to work any shift, at short notice. We cannot think of a single day when Vanessa has not been able to come into work! Vanessa’s dedication is mirrored in her partner, who also completed 10 years with Owlerton Stadium last year.

20 Years of Service

Dan Holland (pictured back right)

Dan started his career at Owlerton Stadium as a glass collector and has since worked his way through the ranks. In 2018 Dan became Bar Manager – proof of his unwavering dedication and hard work. Bar Manager role in any busines involves a long working day, but Dan always manages to balance his family commitments and work responsibilities perfectly, with absolute dedication to his role.

20 Years of Service

Nick Midddleton (hiding under the table!)

Nick is a long-service star who has worked his way up from Pot Washer to Catering Manager – testament to what hard work and dedication can achieve. Nick’s dedication to his work is such, that many of us in Team Owlerton were convinced he lived at the Stadium! Nick has provided fantastic support to his staff and wholehearted commitment to his role.

Hard Work and Dedication

“All four fully deserve the recognition for their hard work and dedication to Owlerton Stadium over the years and are a pleasure to know and work with,” Richard Allsop, Assistant General Manager.

We get to see the results of our team’s passion and love of Owlerton Stadium, every day, and are always grateful to work with dedicated colleagues. We would love to have celebrated these awards in true Owlerton style but that will just have to wait until we can all safely have a good knees up together!

We would like to wish Janet, Vanessa, Dan and Nick, congratulations and our unending thanks for your devotion to Owlerton Stadium.

Here’s to another 10 years!

[ 5th January 2021 ]

Book Online for Great Deals on 2021 Events and Family Fun!

2020 is behind us now, and for most of us, that means looking ahead to 2021 with excitement. 2020 was a difficult year for many people – which means that plenty of us will be looking towards 2021 events as soon as possible! At Owlerton Stadium, we can’t wait to start welcoming you all back to some fantastic racing action.

We’re well-known for offering some of the best family events Sheffield has to offer. Owlerton is more than just a greyhound racing track! Thanks to our popular Panorama Restaurant and our family packages, we’re always ready to lay on the fun. We’ve had to make a few big changes in 2020, but we’re already lining up some big surprises for you after the New Year.


Looking Forward to 2021 Events? Book Online with Owlerton

Our 2021 schedule will have plenty of excitement for the whole family, so if you are looking for the best family day out Sheffield has to offer in 2021, make sure to book well in advance via our website.

Until guidelines change, you won’t be able to pay for general admission and other facilities on the door. Therefore, we encourage you to book your birthday event or day out via our online service, which is secure, quick, and easy to use.

While restrictions may be in place right now, 2021 is looking brighter than ever. We’re still working hard behind the scenes to line up events that you’re going to want to book for after the festive season. As always, keep in touch with Owlerton online – including via our social accounts – to be the first to know about new races and themed events!


A Great Value Family Day Out in Sheffield

In 2021, we’re going to keep focusing on bringing you fantastic value entertainment. As well as continuing to offer racing action on select days of the week, we’re going to keep rolling out our 6 Pack Plus deal, a brilliant family offer where you can claim full stadium admission, a racecard, a drink, a basket meal and a table for the evening – all from just £8 per person. We even have a kids’ version of the deal available, minus the bet and drink of course!

Dinner Party

We’re also keeping our birthday bookings open too, which will be valid from January 2021 onwards. You’ll be able to claim a 6 Pack Plus deal or 3-course meal in the Panorama restaurant, completely free, if you book and visit us during your birthday month! Just make sure that you mention your birthday when you book, and to bring at least three other people with you. Don’t forget your ID when you arrive to claim your free offer!

We’re hoping to bring VIP and venue hire services back into full force in 2021. While VIP boxes are not available to book right now, once we are clear to open things back up to you, you’ll be able to secure your own private space for family and friends again.

Booking your family party or even just a day out for 2021 is a really good idea – as soon as you can! We know that many of you are chomping at the bit to really let your hair down this year. We really can’t blame you! Therefore, get together with the family over Zoom or Facetime and start planning out 2021 events that you can book online.


Owlerton is Always Here!

Here at Owlerton Stadium, we’re always looking to the future. We’re one of the biggest and best providers of family events Sheffield has to offer, and for that reason, we’re keeping our 2021 bookings open to all. If you’ve got a birthday or anniversary coming up, that’s all the more reason to take a look at our booking calendar now – and to secure your place with us for after the New Year.

We’d like to thank you all for keeping with Owlerton – and as soon as possible, we’ll be bringing you live racing, delicious menus, and the family fun we’re so famous for, once again. Let’s see 2020 out with a bang – and start looking forward to 2021 events and days out to help make up for what’s been a very strange year indeed!

Do also make sure to call Owlerton’s team now on 0114 234 3074 for more information on booking for 2021, or if you need assistance with our online booking system.

[ 8th December 2020 ]

We’ll be back open and running in no time!

One thing is for certain, it has been an unusual year, to say the least – totally unprecedented! A positive lesson we have learned from events during 2020 is just how resilient we all are, especially when we work together as a team. Nowhere has that been clearer, than at the Stadium. Team Owlerton have worked so hard to adapt to required COVID-19 changes – to keep everyone safe and keep the venue in a constant state of readiness for when we can open the doors to everyone again.

As Christmas approaches, our favourite time of year at the Stadium, we have been looking forward to welcoming families, friends and businesses from across the region, to celebrate Christmas with us. However, considering that any decision from the Government will not be made until 16th December, and restrictions of the Tier system, we do not feel we would be able to celebrate in the true, Owlerton Stadium festive spirit. So, it is with deep regret, we have decided to cancel our planned events to the public for December 2020.

We assure everyone who has made a booking with us for December 2020, our bookings team will be in contact with everyone to arrange refunds.

Christmas may be cancelled at Owlerton Stadium, but we will be with you in the festive spirit! We are pleased to confirm racing will continue behind closed doors throughout December and Team Owlerton will continue working behind the scenes, keeping everyone updated with news and festive fun via our social pages.

We’re planning for a great 2021, and we know you are too! Not only will the stadium have Greyhound racing, Speedway and Stock Car racing back on and open to the public, as soon as we can, we would encourage everyone to consider venue hire at the Stadium. From fundraising and birthdays to stag and hen parties, the Stadium has a fantastic value offer for everyone to take advantage of.

Let’s not forget Owlerton Stadium bars, the Paddock Bar, Napoleons Bar, and the jewel in our crown, Panorama bar, with our great offers and views of the track – perfect for your next, much awaited get-together with friends or colleagues.

Finally, our team of chefs cannot wait to get back in the kitchen at Panorama Restaurant! Our delicious seasonal menu will be ready and waiting for 2021, with our first-class service!

We’ll be back open before you know it!

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year celebrations.


All the best,

Your, Team Owlerton

[ 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