Detailed plans to bring speedway back to Norwich after nearly half a century have been revealed today.

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A 360-metre track will be at the centre of the 11-hectare New Firs development, which developers hope to build on the eastern corner of the Norfolk Showground on the site of the former golf driving range, and which could be open for competition by the end of next year.

Plans were unveiled at the showground today, with former Norwich Stars hero Ove Fundin and former Lord Mayor Roy Blower in attendance.

The two-sided 480-seater stadium, with a pit building in the former driving range bays, could become the home to the new Norwich speedway team, reviving the sport in the city for the first time since the Firs stadium closed in 1965.

A planning application to South Norfolk District Council is expected to be submitted next month and Steve Ribbons, of New Firs Ltd, urged the council to view the stadium as “a force for good, economically and socially”.

“We believe there is a want and a need for speedway in Norwich – if you put the racing on, they will come,” he said.

The plans anticipate crowds of around 1,500 people per race night, bringing around 800 cars on to the showground, but Mr Ribbons said Saturday nights had been selected as race nice to avoid weekday rush hours.

Up to 30 speedway meetings will be held a year during the April-October season, with warm-up and racing between 7.30pm and 10pm. Practice sessions, which are not open to the public, would be held on Wednesday evenings.

The developers are distributing leaflets to 2,000 homes in the area around the proposed stadium to ask for residents’ thoughts, and a public exhibition of the plans is scheduled for the MacGregor building at the Norfolk Showground on Saturday.

What do you think about the potential return of speedway to Norwich? Leave your comments below or email mark.shields@archant.co.uk

9 comments

  • Put a GREYHOUND TRACK their too..

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I'm not a speedway fan myself, but a Brundall resident who has been told by his parents about the mighty Stars and would be very excited to have another team (apart from the Canaries) to support. Good luck to the Speedway, I hope to be a Stars fan if they do ride again! all the best Nicky

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    nicky tanner

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

  • I understand Mr Rubbons is looking at thired division racing. I support whole hartley the National League, in appropriate venues, I was at Mildenhall Sunday, most enjoyable. It’s not for Norwich, while Elite league is a pipe dream, the Premium league which includes Ipswich Witches would be ideal and exciting enough to build a new fan base for the Norwich stars securing a long term future for a team. . I will do anything to get my beloved speedway back but not on a third grade terms. The cost is a big item, you will find enough support in Norwich as long as you dont build a third rate track with chemical loo’s, & poor facilities, I am sure if he puts in such plans, planners will think twice. Already the anti-speedway lobby are gathering, so he needs the likes of us on his side., we will only get one chance at this, if it fails its over for ever.

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    Peachy Mead

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • It would be a wonderful boost to Norwich & I would certainly go & watch. If you wish to express your approval of the plans and are on facebook join Norwich Speedway Support Group. Sometimes it seems only the protesters against ideas are heard, join and haveyour say for the plans and show your support for Norwich Speedway.

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    Chris the Gardener

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

  • Well I can't view the video as don't have player on iPhone but the info given looks quite impressive. I really hope the locals give it a chance, it could create jobs for locals and bring money into the local economy. I'm sure it will be well supported by speedway fans past and present if it gets the go ahead!

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    weareyellows49

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Great to see that the planned track is a full 360 metre size,the artists impression has already got me planning my Saturday nights for next summer ! Hopefully there will be no problems getting the planning permission, so that once again speedway will return to the City.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Great to see that the planned track is a full 360 metre size,the artists impression has already got me planning my Saturday nights for next summer ! Hopefully there will be no problems getting the planning permission, so that once again speedway will return to the City.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • oh come on get real. do you really think has a hope of happening. the RNAA cant even manage the traffic on the 2 show days each year. there needs to be serious changes to the roads in this area before it can happen as the ambulances cant get of longwater at the moment when the traffice isnt that busy so what the hell will happen on race night. and before you start i am a fan of speedway and this totally the wrong area for it.

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    lou

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • This is really bizarre - we went out for a meal four weeks ago to the place where we got married in Great Broughton, North Yorkshire and got talking to a family from Norwich, two of whom talked enthusiastically about the old Firs Stadium. I hope it comes off for Steve Ribbons - they could be my second team as my grandad came from Sheringham. It was always a well supported club. Good luck. Steve Harland (Redcar Bears)

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    Steve Harland

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

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