Perry Barr Stadium - Home of Greyhound Racing Club and Birmingham Brummies Speedway

Perry Barr Stadium, originally built in 1929 for Birchfield Harriers, is now the home of greyhound racing and speedway in Birmingham.


Where is Perry Barr Stadium?

Perry Barr Stadium is on Aldridge Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2ET. 

 

In brief

Built in 1929 for Athletics club Birchfield Harriers, this was originally the Alexander Sports Grounds. Athletics moved out in 1977. Greyhound racing returned to Perry Barr in the 1990s and Speedway has been held at the stadium since the late 2000s.

Perry Barr Stadium

Perry Barr Stadium (November 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Perry Barr Stadium - history of the build

The stadium was originally opened in 1929 for the athletics club Birchfield Harriers which was founded in 1877. It still carries an Art Deco badge sculpted by William Bloye.

The stadium's original name was the Alexander Sports Ground. Birchfield Cycling Club also used the venue during the 1930s. At the same time, it was also being used for Speedway races.

During World War II, it was used by the Government and the Home Guard. It was also used to house Italian Prisoners of War, and was only returned to the club in 1946. In their Centenary year of 1977, Birchfield Harriers moved to their new home of Alexander Stadium in Perry Park. The old venue was then renamed to Perry Barr Stadium.

Greyhound racing had stopped in Perry Barr in 1984, but negotiations were held in the early 1990s for it's return. A new greyhound track was built in 1991. The stadium is also known as Perry Barr Greyhound Stadium. Speedway returned to Perry Barr Stadium by 2007 with the Birmingham Brummies Speedway team. The stadium has had several different owners in the last couple of decades.

Perry Barr Stadium is now the only remaining greyhound racing stadium in Birmingham after the closure and demolition of Hall Green Stadium (which existed on York Road in Hall Green from 1927 to 2017).

Perry Barr Stadium

Perry Barr Stadium

Perry Barr StadiumPerry Barr Stadium (August 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Transport to Perry Barr Stadium

By car to Aldridge Road.

By bus on the 907, 907A, and 997 to the Aldridge Road. Or 33, 51, 52, 61, 68A, 68C, 424, 907 or 907A to One Stop Shopping Centre. The 11A and 11C Outer Circle is also nearby.

By train to Perry Barr Station. Note that it will be closed from May 2021 for a redevelopment, and should reopen in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Alternatively use Witton Station and walk, or get the bus.

 

Contact details

Perry Barr Stadium

Aldridge Road

Perry Barr

Birmingham

B42 2ET

Project dates

07 May 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, Sport & leisure, Modern Architecture

Contact

Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com