New racecourse dog track set to open in time for Christmas

Greyhound racing is coming to Towcester Racecourse
Greyhound racing is coming to Towcester Racecourse

A £1.5million dog track, which is the first to be built in this country for 19 years will open in time for Christmas.

Towcester Racecourse bosses confirmed this week that the new dog track with have a glitzy opening night on December 6.

Spectators will be able to see greyhound racing for the first time ever at the 
racecourse, and because the track is on the inside of the current National Hunt Course, diners in the Empress Stand will also be able to enjoy a piece of the action.

The introduction is part of a £12million development at the site, the majority of which will be completed this month.

A number of new jobs have also been created by the 
expansion and bosses hope that the site could now become the ‘Ascot of the greyhound world.’

Towcester plans to stage three meetings a week, offering a mix of six and eight dog racing, and aims to establish itself as one of the premier greyhound tracks in the country.

Speaking when the plans were unveiled in March the racecourse’s chief executive Kevin Ackerman, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the business as we embark on a venture which will see us significantly enhance our revenue generation and provide a number of job opportunities for local people.

“It will also provide a unique entertainment experience to the people of Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties , as well as enabling the business to build on its highly successful horse racing product.

“Our overriding aim is to become Ascot of the greyhound world.”

Facilities at the new track will include large screen system installed throughout the customer and hospitality areas, as well as a high definition 50 square metre large screen in the track area.