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Perry Barr greyhound stadium acquired

Arena Racing Company has completed the acquisition of Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association.

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Greyhound racing at Perry Barr

The two stadia are long standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service to betting shops and have been in partnership with The Racing Partnership since January 1 2018.

ARC said the deal represents a further commitment to British Greyhound Racing as the stadia join Newcastle and Sunderland, which joined the ARC group in 2018.

Perry Barr, in Birmingham, and Belle Vue, in Manchester, host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually.

Combined with 414 fixtures at Newcastle and Sunderland, nearly 50 per cent of 1619 annual BAGS fixtures will be run at ARC stadia.

Kevin Robertson, ARC group corporate development director, said, “We are delighted to have reached agreement with GRA to bring Perry Barr and Belle Vue into the ARC group. We have a strong commitment to invest in British Greyhounds, and we look forward to working with the teams at both Belle Vue and Perry Barr."

Clive Feltham, chairman of GRA, added: “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for 40 years.

“I am delighted to be handing over Belle Vue and Perry Barr to a professional and progressive company in ARC. I have had some great people working for me and attached to the stadia and I am sure they will continue to do a fantastic job under new owners.”