Tuesday November 08, 2022
Swindon Motorsports Ltd launches ‘Call for Sites’ to help identify new motorsports arena in Swindon.

Recently incorporated Swindon Motorsports Ltd. has launched a call for sites as part of its ambition to identify a new motorsports arena in Swindon.

Swindon Motorsports Ltd is a joint venture partnership between Swindon Speedway and Gaming International, the owners of the Abbey Meads stadium site. The partnership was announced shortly after the recent confirmation of the permanent closure of speedway racing at the Stadium in north Swindon.

The new company’s mission is to locate, acquire, and obtain planning permission to operate a new motorsports arena to accommodate speedway and car racing, with an expandable capacity of up to 5,000 spectators. The new multi-motorsport showground will need to be within a 45-minute drive of Swindon centre.

A new website has been launched (https://swindonmotorsports.co.uk/) to support the search for sites, and Swindon Motorsports Ltd is asking for anyone with a potential site or suggestions, to get in touch.
Clarke Osborne, Chairman of Gaming International, said:

“Whilst it is sad to conclude that speedway was not viable to continue at Abbey Meads Stadium, I’m excited to work with Swindon Speedway to launch Swindon Motorsports Ltd and to begin the process of identifying a new site for a purpose-built motorsports arena for Swindon.

“We’ve brought together an experienced professional team to assist us, however we are keen to hear from the local speedway and motorsports community. Local knowledge is invaluable, and we’d encourage anyone with thoughts on appropriate sites to get in touch so we can investigate all options.”

The new Swindon Motorsports Ltd website contains a contact address to send details of prospective site locations, and motorsport supporters can register online to receive updates as and when they occur.

Clarke went on to say:

“We look forward to working with our professional team, speedway supporters and interested parties, as well as the wider Swindon community, to secure a sustainable future for motorsports in this area.

“In doing so, we hope to ensure that the Swindon Speedway community, and motorsports enthusiasts will have a sustainable future in the town for coming generations to enjoy and support.”

Terry Russell, Chairman of Swindon Speedway, said:

“We have enjoyed some great years at Swindon and found success on the track, but as everyone in speedway promotion knows, the operation of speedway racing in the U.K. has become financially challenging with profit disappearing. The Covid lockdown, the energy crisis and the cost of living
increases have accelerated those challenges to a point that we are unable to pay our overheads, including the stadium fees and approach break even. We have no way of increasing our activities at Blunsdon, no way of increasing our revenues. It is very sad, but it is reality, and we must move on, if we are to build a sustainable future for Speedway in Swindon.

“Move on, we have. We have invested in the Swindon Motorsports venture which will provide us with the ability to increase our revenue with unlimited use and having part ownership of the facility. I am asking supporters of Swindon Speedway to get involved, to help where they can and to join us through our web site.

“With hard work and enterprise, nothing is impossible”

Comments, suggested sites for the new stadium, or questions can be sent through to Swindon Motorsports Ltd. via info@swindonmotorsports.co.uk

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