17 October 2019
ARC ACQUIRE PERRY BARR AND BELLE VUE GREYHOUND STADIA
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) can today announce the acquisition of Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (“GRA”).
The two stadia are long standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (“BAGS”) to betting shops and have been in partnership with The Racing Partnership (“TRP”) since 1 January 2018.
This deal represents a further commitment from ARC to British Greyhound Racing as the stadia join Newcastle and Sunderland, which joined the ARC group in 2018. Belle Vue, in Manchester, and Perry Barr, in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually. Combined with 414 fixtures at Newcastle and Sunderland, nearly 50% of 1619 annual BAGS fixtures will be run at ARC stadia.
ARC Group Corporate Development Director, Kevin Robertson, 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”.
Chairman of GRA, Clive Feltham said, “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for forty 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”