Greyhound racing has become increasingly popular in the new millennium. A night out at a UK greyhound racing track is now viewed as an exciting and enjoyable way to spend an evening.
Having a bet and checking out the greyhound results is still important, but the greyhound racing experience now offers a whole lot more.
Annually around four million people now flock into the UK greyhound racing stadiums, which boast corporate entertainment facilities, quality restaurants and bars as well as private boxes.
Greyhound racing for many years had a ‘cloth-cap image’ but visitors to UK greyhound racing tracks are now likely to bump into celebrities and sports personalities as well as a cross section of society.
Greyhound racing results date back to 1926
The action in the UK got underway in 1926 when the newly-formed Greyhound Racing Association Ltd erected the first custom-built stadium near Manchester, named Belle Vue.
Their opening greyhound racing meeting attracted a crowd of around 1700 who witnessed Mistley romp home in the first ever race. The greyhound results show the dog prevailed by eight lengths at odds of 6/1.
That memorable day set the scene for UK greyhound racing. The first London-based track at White City opened almost a year later on June 27, 1927 and there were more than 30 tracks delivering greyhound racing results by the end of that year.
Dating back to 1927, the Wimbledon Derby and the Grand National at Hall Green, Birmingham, are the two major races to be held in England and the greyhound results for these events provide a historic hall of fame.
UK greyhound racing now so strong
Following a lean period in the 1960s and 70s, greyhound racing has witnessed a strong resurgence with many new stadiums being built and a new online and TV audience attracted to the sport.
But with excitement in abundance in comfortable and even luxurious surroundings if required, there’s nothing like being at the track and if the greyhound racing results go your way, it can even be a profitable experience.