Introducing the new home for VRC Members

The Victoria Racing Club is delighted to announce that the construction of our new world-class Grandstand will commence after this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

This is an exciting time for the VRC with the new Club Stand firmly in our sights. While it calls for celebration, we should take time to bid the Members' Old Grandstand an appropriate farewell. The Members’ Old Grandstand holds an incredible 92 years of memories and emotions for us all. It’s the place where many friendships have been forged, where we witnessed racing history being made and where the occasional fashion statement created headlines in the press.

After a comprehensive tender process, the VRC has recently appointed Multiplex to manage the construction of the Club Stand due to its strong credentials in delivering milestone projects including the Melbourne Convention Centre and Federation Square.

The Victorian Government, Racing Victoria and Tabcorp have provided funds towards the Club Stand to enhance the raceday experience and ensure Flemington Racecourse continues to deliver significant economic benefits to the state.

Scheduled to be completed by the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival, the state-of-the-art stand will boast five levels and house a huge variety of stunning restaurants and bars. The design will also honour the history of the Members' Old Grandstand, with a new and improved Members’ Dining Room and Members’ Bar included. We look forward to unveiling each element of the Club Stand to you as we move forward with our plans and the building progresses.

During the construction of the Club Stand, The View and The Peak on levels 4 and 5 of The Grandstand will be reconfigured to accommodate all Members attending Flemington. Other facilities and offerings will be communicated to Members in the lead up to each raceday as required.

Setting new benchmarks

The dynamic design by award-winning architects Bates Smart is superior in quality and innovation. The curvilinear style embodies the spirit of Flemington and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, encouraging movement, socialisation and engagement. Facilities and finishes will be of the highest quality throughout, and the Club’s rich heritage will be preserved thorough familiar elements and new, modern updates.

With a significant increase on the Members’ Old Grandstand in the number of bars and restaurants, as well as the addition of a beautiful rooftop garden, the new Club Stand will be a sought-after raceday destination. Its superior views of the track and the course will afford Members the opportunity to enjoy Flemington, and the outstanding racing, like never before.

Quite simply – the new Club Stand will epitomise the celebration of a day at the races.

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Club Stand FAQs

What is the new Club Stand?

The new Club Stand will offer a superior event experience unsurpassed by any other racecourse in the world where visitors can enjoy the best hospitality, entertainment and racing.

Why is the VRC building the new Club Stand?

The VRC announced its Masterplan in 2010, with the construction of the new Club Stand our priority as the Members’ Old Grandstand approaches the end of its useful life. The Masterplan will ensure the VRC continues to deliver significant economic benefits to Victoria and retain its position as an internationally recognised major events venue.

What is the construction timeline?

The VRC is excited to announce it will start construction for the new Club Stand in mid-November this year and will be ready to enjoy at the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

Who is the builder and why was this company selected?

The VRC has appointed Multiplex to manage the construction due to its strong credentials in delivering milestone projects including, Melbourne Convention Centre, Federation Square, Wembley Stadium and Crown Perth.

Who is the architect and why were they chosen?

The Club Stand has been designed by leading architectural firm Bates Smart due to its experience with milestone projects, which have included the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Federation Square and Crown Casino.

Will the construction of the Club Stand affect my raceday experience?

The VRC will do everything it can to ensure racegoers can continue to enjoy their raceday experience at Flemington during the construction phase. 

Where will Members go when the Club Stand is being built?

During the construction of the Club Stand, The View and The Peak on levels 4 and 5 of The Grandstand will be reconfigured to accommodate all Members attending Flemington. Other facilities and offerings will be communicated to Members in the lead up to each raceday as required.

How is VRC celebrating the Members’ Old Grandstand?

There will be a number of ways from now until the end of this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival to participate in celebrating 92 years of memories in the Members’ Old Grandstand.

How much will the new Club Stand cost?

The Club Stand is expected to cost $128 million.

The new Club Stand forms part of a $135 million project at Flemington Racecourse, reinforcing the VRC’s commitment to frequently invest in infrastructure and technology to enhance the raceday experience for Members, event patrons, industry participants and the local community.

How is the Club Stand being funded?

We are proud to be working with the government, industry and a number of partners to bring the Club Stand to life, marking the next step in the Club’s renewal plans for Flemington Racecourse.

How many jobs will be created?

The project will see an estimated 350 people employed during the planned 20 month construction period with significant flow-on benefits for the Victorian economy.

How will the Club Stand benefit industry?

The Club Stand is one example of how the VRC is committed to continually investing in infrastructure to enhance Flemington Racecourse for the benefit of racing participants. 

Will this be the last time people will experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival from the Members’ Old Grandstand?

With the new Club Stand firmly in our sights, this year will mark the last time Members experience the Melbourne Cup Carnival from the Members' Old Grandstand.

Will there be an opportunity for Members to purchase a special memento of Members' Old Grandstand?

The VRC is currently working through the specific details however Members will be given the opportunity to purchase certain items being salvaged from the stand prior to demolition. Please visit the online auction webpage for further information.