PLEASE NOTE - no racedays in the 2014/15 season will be affected by the new grandstand development and racing will continue as normal.
Since Cheltenham shut its doors at the end of April 2014 the progression on the new £45million grandstand development has been significant. The construction of the new grandstand will continue throughout the 2014/15 season and beyond, but work on many of the other areas has progressed well over the summer, with the refurbished Weighing Room and new horsewalk back in use for The Showcase and new facilities above the paddock being available early in the season.
(BEST MATE RETURNS TO CHELTENHAM IN HIS NEW POSITION, THE PLAZA AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PADDOCK)
The See You Then Bar, situated at the top of the Parade Ring on raised decking, was opend on the first day of the season at The Showcase. This bar will replace the Tote Terrace on The Open Saturday and The Festival as a Members-only facility. In addition the area at the top of the paddock, previously known as Hurdler’s Hall, will be opened at The Open, offering a new bar and tapas food outlet. This will be named after Quevega, the mare who won six races in a row at The Festival and who was retired in the spring.
In addition to the new See You Then Bar and Quevega’s, racegoers will also benefit this season from a new access to the See You Then Terrace from the Gold Cup and Festival Restaurants, and a new plaza below the paddock which, together with a pedestrian bridge over the horsewalk, will greatly improve the crowd flow at the busier meetings. Both of these areas were in use at The Showcase.
All other areas of the grandstand, Mandarin, Arkle Bar, The Centaur, The Hall of Fame, the Panoramic Restaurant, The Festival restaurant and the Gold Cup Restaurant will be in use throughout the season.
(THE REFURBISHED SEE YOU THEN BAR)
The Betfred betting shop above the paddock will be re-opened in time for The International Meeting.The Paddock Bar and Terrace, which will provide racegoers with an additional area from which they may view the paddock and situated on the floor above, should be ready for New Year's Day.
THE FESTIVAL 2015
The Tented Village will be in use with a revised layout as a result of the new Development. Additionally, the steppings in front of the new grandstand will be usable for the first time and will include an area reserved for Annual Members’ viewing. A temporary bar will be provided on the ground floor of the new Grandstand and additional toilets and Tote windows on the lower ground floor will also be in use for The Festival.
THE FESTIVAL 2016
The final areas of the development will be complete in time for The Festival in 2016. The new grandstand, which is five and a half stories high, will include a large bar on the ground floor, a Champagne Bar and Annual Members Bar on the first floor, and facilities for Owners and Trainers Bar and former A&R box-holders on the level above. The top two floors are made up of private boxes and The Cheltenham Club.
THE APRIL MEETING AND HUNTER CHASE EVENING 2014
The development of the new grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse has now commenced, to be ready in time for The Festival in 2016. Therefore, the area around the tote terrace (the Annnual Members Bar at The Festival) will be cordoned off for both The April Meeting and The Hunter Chase evening. The Lawn Bar will also not be avaliable for Owners and Trainers. Other provisions will be made and infomation will be available in the racecard.
In addition, the area around Hurdler's Hall, the See You Then Bar and the Betfred betting shop at the top of the paddock will also be closed to the public.
There will be catering outlets and bookmaker pitches in front of these areas to replace the facilites.
START OF THE 2013/14 SEASON
When Cheltenham opened its doors for the start of the 2013/14 season on Friday 18th October, racegoer saw a different landscape, as the old A&R buildings had been removed over the summer. A total of two buildings were brought down, including that which housed the Royal Box. They were situated between the main grandstand and the end of the permanent buildings by the horse walk onto the course.
We have been able to capture the work so far in the below time lapse video: