When it comes to sport, Manchester punches above its weight. The Commonwealth Games of 2002 confirmed its importance, but for many years the city has played a significant role in the heritage of English sport…
With the Commonwealth Games 2002 Manchester delivered the largest multi-sport event ever held in England, hosting over 4000 competitors from 72 nations.
The Games secured Manchester’s reputation as an international sporting destination, and left the city with a range of world-class sporting facilities. Mancunians and visitors alike can now enjoy the City of Manchester Stadium, the National Squash Centre, Bolton Arena and the National Aquatics Centre.
Belle Vue Stadium
Greyhound racing has a fine tradition in England, and it was at Manchester’s Belle Vue Stadium that the country’s first ever race around an oval track took place, on 24 July 1926.
Most of the 1700 people present that day would have been working-class men in flat caps. But these days you meet all kinds of people at the dogs, as greyhound racing has become one of the country’s most popular spectator sports. The stadium also hosts speedway and stock car racing.
Manchester is surrounded by racecourses that reverberate with history.
Chester Racecourse is the country’s oldest, dating back to the early sixteenth century.
Haydock Park, in Merseyside, has been around since 1899 and >a href="http://www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk/">Cartmel Racecourse, is one of England’s most picturesque, situated in the Lake District.
Just a 45 minute drive from Manchester, the world’s most famous steeplechase, The Grand National, is held at Aintree, Liverpool.