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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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[ 12th March 2019 ]

Construction work starts on £5.5m events and conference venue

Construction work has now commenced on the new £5.5m purpose-built events and conference venue, The OEC, in Sheffield.

Located between Napoleons Casino and Owlerton Sports Stadium, The OEC will feature a range of multi-purpose suites, catering for up to 500 guests.

WMA Architects has been taking the lead on the project, and construction company Harris CM has started work on the venue, which is due to open this autumn.

The multi-million pound development is being spearheaded by leisure and hospitality operator the A&S Leisure Group.
OEC outside visual (3)
Mark Allen, chief executive at the A&S Leisure Group, said: “We’ve had a vision for this venue for some time now and we’re excited to finally get cracking with the build stage.

“With an excellent reputation for offering great leisure and hospitality at Owlerton Stadium and at our four Yorkshire casinos and restaurants, this multi-million-pound development will only add to that.”

The venue’s Rivelin Suite will be fully adaptable with the capacity to hold up to 500 guests, or can be split up into three separate suites for anywhere between 100 to 250 guests.

The four VIP Hospitality Boxes will offer panoramic views of Owlerton Stadium and can seat up to 20 delegates.

Allen added: “Our time has been spent getting the right team in place to deliver this project, from local Yorkshire suppliers and contractors, to the appointment of Venue Director, Gary Cook.

“Gary’s reputation for delivering outstanding venues and events around the region precedes him. His previous role at Chesterfield Football Club saw him launch the new £15m stadium and we’re confident he will help drive our vision forward making The OEC one of Yorkshire’s finest events and conference venues.”

[ 25th June 2018 ]

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium wins ‘family friendly’ award

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium proved its family friendly credentials yet again after picking up a major prize at the 2018 Westside Restaurant and Bar Awards, held at Baldwins Omega on Monday 4 June.
This Sheffield venue won the Best Family Friendly award, presented for the venue’s versatile menu options and the welcome it offers to guests from all generations.
Race nights at the stadium take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening, during the day on Mondays and Thursdays and selected Sundays and bank holidays.
And Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said there is always something for all the family: “We were very surprised to win as we didn’t know we’d been nominated in the category, however it’s a fitting award as we do try to have something for all the family to enjoy.
“Our catering is spot on and the staff are great – it’s the atmosphere we create. You can be in the restaurant and the dogs are running and everyone has got their knives and forks in the air and they’re shouting at the dogs to win.
“Everybody loves coming to the dogs from grandparents to grandchildren. Children just love the dogs and they are really good pets. They want to go and feed them and stroke them and cheer them on.”
Owlerton has recently submitted plans for a £5m banqueting suite, which will become one of the largest entertaining and conference spaces in the city and create up to 200 jobs.
The significant investment by stadium owners A & S Leisure Group Ltd. is part of a company restructuring, which will also see a new casino being built in Manchester at the China Town end of Portland Street.
Work is set to start on the 500-capacity banqueting suite in early June and it is expected to open by Easter 2019. Sheffield-based WMA Architects have been commissioned for the project.
Currently the stadium operates four trackside bars – including the popular Paddock Bar which leads directly on to the trackside terracing to experience the real buzz of greyhound racing and the Panorama Bar, which has one of the best views of the finish line.
The Panorama Bar is next to the critically-acclaimed, 300-cover, glass-fronted Panorama Restaurant where diners enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by highly experienced chefs in Sheffield’s largest restaurant.

Picture credit: Mark Rodgers for RMC Media.

Family Friendly Award Winners
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[ 1st June 2018 ]

OWLERTON GREYHOUND STADIUM & SHEFFIELD FC

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, today, happily handed over a long lost picture to the world’s first football club – Sheffield FC. The picture was taken in 1909 from the pre-season tour of the Channel Islands and was recently discovered at the Greyhound Stadium.

Dave Perry, General Manager at the Stadium, explained ‘We are not quite sure how it came to be in our possession, it could well have been left here since the old playing days of the 1890s, when Sheffield FC used to play their home games here at Owlerton, but once we discovered it I got in touch with Richard and was more than happy to see it returned to them. History like this is invaluable but when you have the world’s first football club on your doorstep, it’s even more important that the heritage and memories are retained’.

Richard commented;

‘We were delighted when Dave contacted the Club regarding the picture, not only because we were happy to see it again but also to re connect with Owlerton Stadium who provided the Club with a home and a lifeline in what were dark times. I hope that the picture can inspire a promising new partnership between our two historical institutions.’

 

Sheffield FC & Owlerton Satdium

 

 

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For more information contact

David Perry on 0114 2343074 or davidperry@owlertonstadium.co.uk

Richard Tims on 07881 640044 or chairmanrich@sheffieldfc.com

 

[ 11th May 2018 ]

£5M Banqueting Suite Planned For Owlerton Stadium

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Sheffield’s Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has submitted plans for a £5m banqueting suite, which will become one of the largest entertaining and conference spaces in the city and create up to 200 jobs.

The significant investment by stadium owners A & S Leisure Group Ltd. is part of a company restructuring, which will also see a new casino being built in Manchester at the China Town end of Portland Street.

Work is set to start on the 500-capacity banqueting suite in early June and it is expected to open by Easter 2019. Sheffield-based WMA Architects have been commissioned for the project.

Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said: “This is an important development in the long history of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and it will provide us with the most modern banqueting and conference facilities in the city.

“For some time, Sheffield has lacked a venue with the flexibility that this will provide. This will give us the ability to host weddings, conferences, large banquets, indoor sporting events and concerts.

“We believe that the new development will prove very popular both on our Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night race nights as well as during the working week.”

The banqueting suite will be built on the site of the Hare and Hounds bar with the terraced area at the finish line end of the track also making way for the new development.

John said: “The way it has been designed will allow for the top floor suite to be open for 500 guests or split into rooms of 250, 150 and 100 people capacities providing fantastic views across the track.

“On the same level will be five brand new executive boxes which will cater for 20 people per box. These, too, can be made into one large executive box for 100 guests. Our existing executive boxes will remain in place until the new development is open and a new entrance will be in place until building work is completed.”

A & S Leisure Group recently closed the iconic Napoleons casino on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield and also sold the Napoleons Casino in Leicester Square, London. However, chairman Dave Allen says the investment at Owlerton Stadium demonstrates his company’s commitment to the city.

He said: “It was a tough decision to close Napoleons, Ecclesall Road, after 42 years of business but the world moves on. I believe this investment in Owlerton Stadium is game-changing for Sheffield’s banqueting facilities and will enable us to concentrate on our provincial operations.

“We already have a tremendous reputation for hospitality at the stadium and this multi-million-pound development will only add to that. I am very excited about the future for both Owlerton and the Napoleons casino we operate adjacent to the stadium.

“John and the team at Owlerton Stadium have worked hard on the plans for the new banqueting suite and I can’t wait for it to open next Easter.”

Kelvin Fallow from WMA Architects said: “It is great to be involved with this project. Owlerton Stadium is an iconic venue for many people across our region so we’re determined to design a banqueting suite which provides the flexibility required for the many different forms of entertainment that the stadium wants to offer in this new building.”

Race nights at the stadium take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening, during the day on Mondays and Thursdays and selected Sundays and bank holidays.

Currently the stadium operates four trackside bars – including the popular Paddock Bar which leads directly on to the trackside terracing to experience the real buzz of greyhound racing and the Panorama Bar, which has one of the best views of the finish line.

The Panorama Bar is next to the critically-acclaimed, 300-cover, glass-fronted Panorama Restaurant where diners enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by highly experienced chefs in Sheffield’s largest restaurant.

[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton chief ‘honoured’ after election as industry association committee chairman

John Gilburn - Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium’s managing director has described his election as chairman of the executive committee to the industry’s national promoters’ association as ‘an honour’.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium chief John Gilburn, 65, has been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association (RCPA) Ltd, a panel which oversees media rights involvement and marketing initiatives for the association’s 22 member tracks across the UK.

John’s appointment comes following three years spent serving as a member of the Executive Committee.
As part of his increasingly influential role at the RCPA, which was formed in 1988, the Owlerton chief, along with four other committee members, will also be able to make decisions and recommend actions to the industry’s regulatory body, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).

John, who is also a director of the GBGB, said: “It’s a genuine honour to have been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association.

“It’s also a huge step forward for Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. Traditionally, Owlerton has been a major player in the greyhound racing industry, but this will further raise its profile and enhance its growing and developing role among the 22 RCPA member tracks.
“We’re delighted that Owlerton has been recognised as such an important part of the industry, and I’m excited for what the future holds, both for Owlerton and for the industry as a whole.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in senior operational management within the leisure industry under his belt, John joins representatives from greyhound stadiums at Nottingham, Swindon & Poole, Yarmouth and Pelaw Grange in Durham on the committee.
The step up in John’s role within the association also further enhances Owlerton’s stance as a major industry player, giving Yorkshire’s premier racing venue the opportunity to continue playing a key role in influencing the development, growth and progression of the greyhound industry.

[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton remains top dog for greyhound welfare

An initiative set up by Owlerton Stadium is continuing to see greyhound welfare at the major city venue go from strength-to-strength.
Since summer 2016, Owlerton – Yorkshire’s premier greyhound racing venue – has pledged all money received from online streaming of racing at the stadium back into the sport via prize money & welfare, providing even more care for greyhounds racing at the track.
Owlerton’s new welfare scheme has already proved life-changing for one greyhound. Fault Finder, owned and trained by John Sharp, injured a hock in March 2017 but made a successful return to racing later in the year, winning two races in quick succession.
The greyhound was one of the first to enter the scheme and has proved a model success story, with Fault Finder returning to winning ways following the injury.
Dave Perry, general manager and welfare officer at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “We’re happy that we’ve got a system in place which ensures the welfare of our greyhounds remains paramount.
“Any greyhound racing at Owlerton which suffers a career-ending injury is now referred to one of our assisted veterinary clinics where consultation and repairs are carried out.
“The greyhound is then signed over to the Greyhound Trust Sheffield and put on the waiting list for a home. The aim of the scheme is to provide a home for every greyhound that has raced at Owlerton Stadium.
“All treatment costs are covered by the new Sheffield Stadium Welfare Fund, who will also pay all kennelling charges until the transfer to the Trust is completed.
“This has had a hugely positive impact on the care and wellbeing of greyhounds at Owlerton Stadium. Historically, any greyhound which entered the track at Owlerton would be well looked-after, but this has improved even further since the introduction of this scheme.
“As a stadium, Owlerton alone has pledged to put 100% of streaming income into the scheme.
“We hope the initiative which has been adapted by Sheffield on a very forward-thinking and humane approach, should raise the profile and reputation of the sport.
“One of the criticisms levelled at the sport is greyhounds are cast aside when seriously injured as not fit for purpose, but this is not the case and, particularly under the Sheffield scheme, they’ll be receiving a level of care higher than many family pets would get.”

[ 23rd February 2018 ]

Owlerton looks to set industry benchmarks with racing manager recruitment

 

Dave Brayshaw, who has been appointed as senior racing manager at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium

Yorkshire’s premier racing venue has made a significant appointment to its senior management team.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, on Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, has appointed Dave Brayshaw, aged 33, as senior racing manager, to oversee all aspects of the racing department including racing regulations and the stadium’s trainers.

Dave, originally from Hyde in Greater Manchester, joins after spending 10 years at Manchester’s Belle Vue stadium, where his most recent role was racing manager.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking business in Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

“We’re really looking forward to 2018 – I’m joining at an exciting time. I will be looking to maintain the highest possible standards – set by an already outstanding staff roster here.”

Dave, who has also spent time in the horse racing industry during his career, added: “I’ve joined a young, enthusiastic, talented team – and one which, with the right management, will continue to shine.”

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: “We’re extremely pleased with Dave’s appointment. He brings with him a wealth of experience from a career spanning more than 10 years.

“That experience, coupled with a fantastic team here at Owlerton, will no doubt be a recipe for tremendous success.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Dave hit the ground running in his new role and to see how his talent and experience will continue to help us set benchmarks in the greyhound racing, entertainment and hospitality industries.”

For more information on Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, visit www.owlertonstadium.com.

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Photo caption: Dave Brayshaw, who has been appointed as senior racing manager at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

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[ 14th September 2017 ]

Action-packed festive period in store at Owlerton

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium is looking forward to an action-packed festive period with a bumper Christmas schedule and additional race meetings.
The venue for Sheffield’s top night is now taking bookings for Christmas 2017, with a host of hospitality packages available and additional race meetings staged on Sunday 17 December and Thursday 28 December respectively, to cater for demand.
Prices will start at £3 for general trackside admission and a racecard, with the Christmas 6-Pack deal, which includes admission, a racecard, chicken in a basket meal, two bets and a drink, available from £10 for groups of six or more.
Executive boxes will be available for Christmas party groups, with prices starting at £17.
Prices will also start at £17 in the venue’s Panorama Restaurant, where packages will include admission and a racecard, a festive a la carte menu, plus a table service for Tote betting and drinks.
There will also be a DJ and late bar open every Friday and Saturday during the festive period, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
The venue’s biggest race meeting of the year will take place on Boxing Day, when packages will start from £12 per person, and prices will start from £10 per person on New Year’s Day, when racegoers can enjoy another bumper schedule.
Entertainment will take place at Owlerton on Sunday 17 December courtesy of South Yorkshire band Bootleggers, and from swing performer Dave Perkins on Friday 29 December.
John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Stadium, said: “Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year at Owlerton Stadium and as ever we have a fantastic offering for customers this year.
“We have something for everyone here, be it for families, businesses looking for a Christmas party or those simply looking for a top Christmas night out.
“We have some brilliant entertainment in store too, so we’re really looking forward to it all – it’s going to be an action-packed end to the year.”

View the Christmas Brochure here

There will be no racing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

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