Arena Racing Company (ARC) has moved to expand its UK racetrack portfolio by acquiring the Nottingham Greyhound Stadium.
A member of the British Afternoon Greyhound Service (“BAGS”), Nottingham Greyhound Stadium hosts 154 fixtures per year. Nottingham joins the ARC’s growing portfolio of Greyhound Stadia, alongside The Belle Vue Newcastle and The Perry Barr Sunderland. In total, 55% of all 1619 annual BAGS fixtures will now be run at ARC Stadia and broadcast live via The Racing Partnership (“TRP”).
In addition to the acquisition, Director of Nottingham Greyhound Stadium Rachel Corden has been appointed ARC Greyhound Operations Director to oversee the business and commercial operations of the five greyhound stadia in the group.
Corden will report directly into ARC Racing Division Managing Director Mark Spincer.
Spincer said: “We are very pleased to bring Nottingham into the ARC group, further demonstrating our commitment to British Greyhound Racing. As the home of the Greyhound Derby and a stalwart of the BAGS broadcast service, Nottingham is a popular venue that fits incredibly well into our group.
“Given Rachel’s extensive experience in the greyhound racing industry, we couldn’t be happier to appoint her Greyhound Operations Director within our Racing Division. I am sure that her years of experience of running Nottingham, and of British greyhound racing, in general, will be of huge benefit to ARC as our commitment to the sport continues to grow.”
Corden added: “I am really looking forward to taking up my new role as Operations Director for ARC’s five greyhound stadia and to working with Mark Spincer and the established teams at all ARC’s greyhound stadia.
“Nottingham stadium has been in my family for many decades and we have always been brilliantly served by a wonderful team of staff, trainers, owners and sponsors. I would like to give huge thanks to the whole team at Nottingham for their loyalty and excellent work over the many years and I look forward to continuing to work with them all moving forward.”