Preparatory work on the new £45million grandstand to be built at Cheltenham Racecourse, which is due to open ahead of The 2016 Festival, is on schedule and will be completed ahead of the start of the 2013-2014 racing season.
When Cheltenham opens its doors on Friday 18th October, racegoers will see a different landscape since the old A&R buildings have been removed over the summer. A total of two buildings have been 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:
Last updated: 03/10/2013
From The Open onwards, which takes place in mid-November, a three-tiered, high-quality temporary structure will be built, housing a new Royal Box as well as hospitality boxes, bar facilities and steppings in front of the stand, providing enhanced viewing of the course. The structure will be similar to those which are seen at other major racing and sports events. The stand will be called the Arkle Stand, as The Festival in 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Champion’s first Gold Cup win.