We live by much-loved UK stadium – it’s been here for 50 years but now it’ll be demolished for 1,500 homes & hotel

A MUCH-LOVED stadium is set to be closed down for good – and replaced with 1,500 newbuild homes, a leisure centre, and a hotel. The East of England Showground, home of British speedway team the Peterborough Panthers, has now closed after racing started in 1966. The Peterborough racetrack and its buildings are set to be demolished for a redevelopment project – with 1,500 homes, a hotel, a primary school, and a care home planned for the 165-acre site. Peterborough Panthers owner Keith Chapman said it was a “sad night” as he spoke to the Daily Star about his disappointment about losing the team’s home. The Panthers are now looking for a new home for 2024, but all hope is not lost. Other locals have also objected to the development, with one saying the speedway brought people to Peterborough. The showground was there long before the houses were built and who needs more hotels,” said one fan.

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