What is the capacity of the Club Stand?
The Club Stand capacity is substantially more than that of the Members’ Old Grandstand. To put the scale of the building into perspective the existing Members’ Old Grandstand is approximately 9,000m and the new Club Stand more than twice the size at over 18,000m2.
Will the new Club Stand mean an increase in Membership numbers?
The Club paces the Membership base in line with the capabilities of on-course facilities. While an increase in facility capacity will allow for more Members, enhancing comfort levels are a priority. The Club is committed to providing Members with a superior raceday experience.
How much will the new Club Stand cost?
The Club Stand is expected to cost approximately $120 million.
How will the new Club Stand be funded? What impact will this have on my subscription fees?
The Club Stand will be funded through a mixture of debt and operating profits/cash. The Club has no plans for the funding of the new Club Stand to substantially impact Membership fees.
What venues can I expect in the new Club Stand?
While the interior venues are still in development, the new Club Stand plans to recreate existing facilities such as the Members’ Dining Room and Champagne Bar. In addition, the Club Stand will provide a number of new and exciting raceday hospitality experiences including; restaurants, bars, casual dining and lounge areas for Members to enjoy.
Will the new Club Stand offer reserved seating to Members over the Melbourne Cup Carnival?
The Club plans to continue to offer reserved seating for Members in both Grandstands (The Grandstand and the Club Stand).
Will there be a dedicated area for Life Members seating in the Club Stand?
The Club plans to continue to accommodate Life Members with a dedicated area for seating in the Club Stand.
Will the Club Stand retain the Members’ Dining Room and Members’ Only Bar?
The new Club Stand will recreate popular areas such as the Members’ Dining Room, a Members’ Only Bar and Champagne Bar.
Will the new Club Stand provide an area for Owners and Trainers?
A separate development to the Club Stand will be created for Owners and Trainers. The Owners and Trainers stand will provide seating, race viewing and convenient access to the Mounting Yard.
With the Members’ Old Grandstand being a heritage listed building, what is the process with Heritage Victoria?
The Club has received approval from Heritage Victoria to demolish and replace the Members’ Old Grandstand. The Club will continue to cooperate with Heritage Victoria throughout this process.
Why was Bates Smart appointed as the architects for the Club Stand?
Bates Smart is one of Australia’s first architecture firms and has a world-renowned presence through its work over the years. Its response to the brief reflected the Board’s aim to create an impactful building that would become the heritage of the future. Submissions were called for and received from several architects.
What are the timings to start building the Club Stand?
The VRC intends to announce a firm timeline on the construction of the Club Stand in the coming months.