Peterborough stadium, deemed one of the most dangerous tracks for dogs to race on, will in January be scrapping one race night a week in a bid to tighten their belts during the “credit crunch”.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph reports: A” night out at the dogs has become the latest victim of the credit crunch, as for the first time in over 20 years there will an end to racing four nights a week.

Peterborough Greyhound Stadium in Fengate has seen meetings taking place on four nights a week for the more than two decades.

However, in January next year the regular racing on Tuesday nights will be put on hold as organisers tighten their belts during the credit crunch.”

The 3-night week will only last a month however and in February they will reinstate the Tuesday night race. Operations Director Richard Perkins added “promotions, such as the 1p meal deal, run in connection with The Evening Telegraph, had seen a steady stream of punters still turning up, people were not spending enough to support the stadium’s running costs.”

The sport has been badly hit by the financial crisis, with Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium in London being forced to shut earlier this year because of spiralling costs.

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Is this another nail in the coffin for racing at Peterborough and across the UK??

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