Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford's Odsal Stadium sees plans to reintroduce speedway

Crowd at Odsal Stadium
Image caption Speedway team the Bradford Dukes stopped racing at Odsal Stadium in 1997

Plans to bring back speedway racing at Odsal Stadium in Bradford have been submitted to the local council.

A planning application has been lodged by speedway promoter Tony Mole, who was involved in running the Birmingham Brummies speedway team.

Racing ended at Odsal - home of the Bradford Bulls rugby league team - in 1997 when the Bradford Dukes left the site due to planned redevelopment.

The BBC has been unable to contact Mr Mole for a comment.

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 the RFL said it had not been approached about plans to restart speedway.

"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."

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