- 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 approached the end of its useful life.
The Masterplan ensures the VRC will continue 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 the construction of the new Club Stand is on track, and is to be completed before this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.
- Who is the builder and why was this company selected?
The VRC appointed Multiplex to manage the construction due to its strong credentials in delivering milestone projects including, Melbourne Convention Centre, Federation Square, Wembley Stadium (London) 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.
- When will people get to see the internal designs?
In the past 18 months we have revealed the architectural plans for the Lobby and Lounge, Lawn Bar, Paddock Bar, Courtyard Bar, Betting Ring, Owners & Trainers Area, Members Bar, Members Lawn, Seating Decks and The Roof Garden,
In May, the Members Dining Room, The Byerley, Straight Six, Bluegrass Bar, Furlong Bar, The Bakery and The Arbour were revealed.
We look forward to unveiling more elements of the new Club Stand to Members over the coming months, including some very exciting announcements including collaborations with partners that will set a new benchmark for raceday entertainment.
- What are the stand-out features from the designs announced so far?
The Roof Garden is a spectacular new addition to Flemington, and will house bars, betting facilities, food outlets, a DJ booth and extraordinary views of the track and Melbourne’s city skyline.
The Roof Garden draws inspiration from Flemington’s famous garden setting with the shapes and forms of flowers echoed through the top level of the Club Stand.
The Roof Garden is unlike anything we have seen at venues across Australia and internationally. World-class bars and food outlets are complemented by a stylish garden setting, which really embodies the essence and spirit of a marquee during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The new Seating Deck will see an unprecedented opportunity for racegoers to watch and enjoy the races outside with access to elevated viewing podiums and outdoor seating across three levels.
The Members’ Bar will be at the heart of the Club Stand, and will have direct access to the energetic atmosphere on the Members’ Lawn and seamless access to the Betting Ring.
- How do the designs announced today incorporate the history of the VRC?
The new Members’ Bar will really be at the heart of the club stand. We wanted to pay homage to the history of the VRC, so the Members’ Bar will feature wood panelling and treasured items from the Members’ Old Grandstand woven throughout.