Leicester Stadium, also known as Blackbird
Road Stadium (despite sitting proudly on Parker Drive and
not Blackbird Road!) was home to speedway, stock car racing
and greyhound racing. Providing a capacity of 9,000 the
stadium was built in 1929 and played host to the Hunters
then the Lions. The threat of closure loomed over the stadium
through the late '70s and early '80s. The stadium closed
to speedway for the last time at the end of the 1983 season
following the match against Belle Vue on 25th October (Lions
lost 40-38 with Neil Collins top scoring on 10). The 'powers
that be' decided that a few more houses for the city were
more important than the sporting amenity that was Leicester
Stadium. Actually I suspect that they didn't - they just
saw the opportunity to top up their pensions and greed won
The stadium boasted one of the larger tracks
in the British League. At 380m the track provided plenty
of opportunity for passing which guaranteed exciting racing
every week. Although looking a little shabby towards the
end, the mock Tudor frontage to the grandstand was an imposing
visual icon for the city.
Where the stadium stood in LE4 you will now
find Danbury Drive, Tiptree Close, Galleywood Drive and
Many thanks to Janet Hambleton
for use of the photographs of Leicester Stadium.
The view from the road - the mock
tudor fronted grandstand on Parker Drive was a city landmark.
4th bend - photographed in 1984 after the stadium had closed
for the last time.
giant scoreboard dominates the view over the first and second