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Fans turn out in force for opening Kent Kings speedway meeting at Central Park

08 May 2013
by Craig Tucker

A big crowd was at Central Park for the opening Kent Kings meeting against an American Touring Team

A big crowd was at Central Park for the opening Kent Kings meeting against an American Touring Team

More than 3,000 fans saw the first speedway meeting at Central Park on Bank Holiday Monday – making it the biggest sporting event in Sittingbourne this century.

Kent Kings were beaten 49-41 by the American Touring Team after 15 heats but the day was a triumph for the club who have spent months promoting speedway’s arrival in the town.

Kings commercial manager Neil Day said: “Other than a victory, I genuinely don’t think we could have asked for any more.

Fans watch the action at Central Park

Fans watch the action at Central Park

“We’ve had the weather and the stands have been busy.

“The crowd was at the top end of what I was expecting, which is absolutely brilliant.”

No official attendance has been released, but Kings say the crowd was more than 3,000.

That makes it the biggest turnout at the stadium since Sittingbourne FC played Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in August, 1997 watched by 3,349.

The record attendance at Central Park is the 5,951 fans who saw the Brickies play a friendly against Tottenham in January, 1993.

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