Woverhampton racecourse is an enthralling venue for horse racing and offers much more in top-notch facilities and hospitality services. The thoroughbred horse racing venue has been in service since 1888. The first race was held in August of that year. It is located in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. Known as Wolverhampton racecourse and Conference Center, the venue is one of the most prestigious in the area with a Holiday Inn at the site.
The oval course has a circumference 1,609 m wide-just over a mile, and a Tapeta surface. It has left handed turns, which is more common with racetrack in the US than the UK.
History of the racecourse
Wolverhampton has always had horseracing. There was a racecourse where West Park now sits which was moved to the current venue in 1888. In December 1993, the racecourse received a major facelift with the addition of a Fibersand track flanking the turf track. A new grandstand, hotel and restaurant were also added as part of the revamp.In 1999, the course was shifted from private ownership and was bought by Arena Leisure which also revamped it in 2004 replacing the Fibersand track with a Polytrack surface then Tapeta in 2014. Since then, the racecourse became an all-weather venue, focusing on flat races only.
With all the transformations, Wolverhampton racecourse has hurtled above and beyond market standards in horse racing and hospitality as well. New improvements are set to make it a first of its kind as plans are underway to expand the hotel and build a casino, making it a racino; the first in the UK.
The venue currently holds over 60 fixtures in one calendar season. The most notable events are the William Hill Lincoln Trial day, Lady Wulfruna Stakes and Lincoln Trial Stakes. Visitors can enjoy races from Ringside-where you get to see the action close up as you munch away in the carvery restaurant. You could also buy Horizon tickets where you get to enjoy the panoramic view of the grandstand as well as excellent dining. Private suites are also available with different hospitality packages.