Walthamstow Stadium was a greyhound racing track located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest in east London (grid reference TQ375913) and was one of a limited number of remaining greyhound race tracks operating in Greater London. The track closed in August 2008, despite assurances from the owners in December 2007 that no deal had been made to sell the track and that racing would continue for years.
It was a greyhound racing stadium for the purposes of entertainment, usually including gambling on the outcome of a race. The stadium was opened in 1933 by William Chandler and run by the Chandler family until it closed in 2008. It had a larger attendance and income from gambling than any other dog racing track in the UK, with capacity for over 5,000 spectators. It had five race meetings a week, during the day on Monday and Friday, and at night on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The first race started at 7:45 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and at 7:30 pm on Saturday. The last race started at 10:30 pm on all three nights. Trials were held on Wednesdays and before racing. All meetings had 14 races except for the Friday meeting, which had 12. The most common races were over 475 and 640 metres, with occasional 430, 835 and 880 races for specialist greyhounds.
Motor cycle speedway racing was staged at the Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium in Chingford Road in 1934 and between 1949 and 1951. Between 1949 and 1951 the team, known as the Walthamstow Wolves, raced in the National League Second Division with moderate success. The team featured ex-England international George Newton. At that time all the other London clubs, Wembley, Wimbledon, West Ham, Harringay and New Cross raced in the First Division. The sport left the stadium in the 1950s owing to declining attendance and complaints of noise from local residents. The track itself can still be seen but has been covered in tarmac for easier maintenance of the dog track.