On May 19th Peterborough Greyhound Stadium announced via their Facebook page that they have “ceased trading” with immediate effect after 75 years of business.
Statement from Peterborough Greyhound StadiumAfter much careful thought and consideration, and after 75 years, the…
Posted by Peterborough Greyhounds on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The coronavirus has financially ruined the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. The races could no longer go ahead with the government restrictions in place, so they had no revenue. This is a massive win, one with the potential to push the dying industry further into the ground here in the UK.
The industry also saw another massive hit last year when Manchester Stadium was finally closed. As time goes on, more and more of these tracks will cease trading.
For years, a local group of activists have protested outside the stadium on Saturday nights through rain and cold weather to highlight the cruelty associated with dog racing. They are often met with ridicule by the punters that enter the stadium, though the final laugh is firmly with them. The stadium is finally shut down.
The Peterborough Greyhound Stadium ended their announcement with the following thanks:
“So, it is with a heavy heart that the Perkins family would like to thank all greyhound owners and trainers, past and present, who have been attached to the stadium over the years for their support. We would also like to thank all those patrons who have visited and enjoyed a night’s racing with us over the years.”
Unsurprisingly, they failed to thank the dogs they have exploited for the last 75 years.
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium also said “the company remains active, and we are looking for other opportunities.” The exact details of this are not public information currently.