PLEASE NOTE - no racedays in the 2014/15 season will be affected by the new grandstand development and racing will continue as normal.
The Festival 2015
At The Festival in 2015, the main body of the grandstand will be in place and the steppings at the front of it will be in use. It is hoped that some of the lower ground floor and ground floor areas will be in use.
Between the end of the 2013/14 season and the start of the 2014/15 season six months of work will take place at Cheltenham. Many areas of the development will be completed this autumn when the racing season at Cheltenham starts again. This will include the refurbished See You Then Bar, the Weighing Room, the repositioning of the horse walk, the bridge over the horsewalk and the area that used to be called Hurdler's Hall. The build of the grandstand will continue throughout the winter, with work pausing during racedays.
The image below was taken in May 2014.
The April Meeting and The 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 avaliable 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: