- What is The Club Stand?
The Club Stand offers a superior event experience unsurpassed by any other racecourse in the world where visitors can enjoy the best hospitality, entertainment and racing.
- Why did the VRC build 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.
- Who were the builders and why was their 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 were the architects and why were they chosen?
The Club Stand was designed by leading architectural firm Bates Smart due to their experience with milestone projects, which have included the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Federation Square and Crown Casino.
- What are the stand-out features?
- 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 new Seating Deck is 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 is at the heart of the Club Stand, and has direct access to the energetic atmosphere on the Members’ Lawn and seamless access to the Betting Ring.
- How many seats are in The Club Stand? Is it less/more than the Members’ Old Grandstand?
There is more than 2,000 grandstand seats and with all the viewing opportunities within the venues of The Club Stand, will comfortably allow for a greater number of Members to enjoy the racing action than ever before. The number of Members able to view the races will exceed the previous offering of the two seating decks in the Members’ Old Grandstand.
- Were Members consulted about the designs?
The VRC values its Members feedback and has conducted many market research focus groups regarding the design of The Club Stand.
- 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.
- Why are there fewer spaces for bookies now?
The VRC considers bookmakers as an essential and integral asset to Flemington and they play an integral role in enhancing the race day experience.
There will also be Bookmakers on each level of The Club Stand, with infrastructure being put in place to cater for greater numbers if required.
The new Betting Ring was designed in consultation with the Victoria Bookmakers Association (VBA) and will have a 14 bookmaker ring. The design caters for both Members and also double side onto the Public Betting Ring with options to increase the size of the Betting Ring during the more popular race days.
As an extension of the Victorian Government’s Tobacco Act, the VRC has designated smoking areas across course. These areas have been determined with the strict legislation in mind and are denoted by clear signage.
The Club Stand is a no smoking zone. Members wishing to smoke may cross the link bridge at the rear of the G.H Mumm Champagne Bar to a designated smoking area. Members are also welcome to utilise the designated smoking area in the Public Betting Ring or on the Public Front Lawn.
The Grandstand is a no smoking zone. Members may utilise the designated smoking zones on Hill Road – one to the side of the Hill Gate entry and one between the train station and The Domain.
A reminder that BYO food is not permitted anywhere in The Club Stand, except for on the Front Lawn. BYO food is permitted in all areas of The Grandstand, except the Racing Rewards Lounge, The Atrium dining and The Peak.
Within The Club Stand, members are permitted to take glass out onto the seating decks, into the Betting Ring and on the Members Lawn area.
In The Grandstand, the glass policy is slightly different with glass permitted on the Champagne Terrace however all glasses and bottles must be decanted before entering the seating decks and northern balconies.
As always, it is important that on race days, all members and their guests follow the standards of the VRC as set out in the rules, regulations and code of conduct that govern our Club. We recommend all members familiarise themselves with the VRC Code of Conduct which can be found here.