Odsal stadium: Plans to bring back speedway racing

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Plans to return speedway racing to Odsal Stadium, Bradford, have been submitted to Bradford council.

Speedway promoter Tony Mole who was involved in the Birmingham Brummies has submitted the planning application to the council.

The lease on the ground is owned by the Rugby Football League (RFL) who bought the stadium from Super League team Bradford Bulls in 2012.

In a statement the RFL said it had not been approached about plans to restart speedway racing, reported the BBC.

“The RFL would like to express surprise at the news that speedway promoter Tony Mole has submitted a planning application to Bradford Council to stage speedway meets at Odsal Stadium.

“The governing body has had no contact from Mr Mole or any other party about restoring a speedway track at the stadium, which the RFL purchased in January 2012 to safeguard its continued use as a Rugby League venue.

“The RFL will continue to work closely with the owners of Bradford Bulls to enable them to build on the considerable progress seen since their purchase of the club in August last year.”

Speedway racing at Odsal ended in 1997 when the Bradford Dukes left the site due to redevelopment.

The team took its name from the highly successful Halifax Dukes who raced at The Shay.