Future Is Bright For Flemington Racecourse With New Grandstand Announced

Future Is Bright For Flemington Racecourse With New Grandstand Announced

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

New World-Class Grandstand For Flemington

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The Andrews Government today announced a $10 Million funding boost for a new world-class grandstand at the Flemington racecourse, as part of this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival launch.

The $135 Million project will generate major economic benefits for Victoria and is expected to create 350 jobs during construction, including up to 50 apprenticeship opportunities.

“The new Flemington Grandstand will create hundreds of new jobs during the construction phase and, once completed, it will ensure Victoria remains one of the top racing destinations in the world.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“Today also marks the launch of the Melbourne Cup Carnival which continues to attract thousands of interstate and international visitors to Victoria each year.”

The new grandstand will provide racegoers with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure Flemington maintains its status as Victoria’s premier racecourse and one of the world’s top sporting venues.

Construction on the new grandstand will start later this year and is expected to be finished in time for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The five-level grandstand will offer 360-degree views and will draw inspiration from Flemington’s garden setting by incorporating shapes of flowers and petals throughout the building.

The Victorian Racing Club and its funding partners are contributing $125 Million to the grandstand. It will replace the existing Members’ Old Grandstand which will be demolished to make way for the new structure.

“We are grateful to the Victorian Government for its generous support, which will enable us to provide racegoers with unparalleled facilities to enjoy racing at our iconic course.” Victoria Racing Club Chairman Michael Burn said.

“The new grandstand will help us to celebrate the history and character of this wonderful racecourse for generations to come.”

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula







2016 Melbourne Cup 3 PM Tuesday 1 November 2016

2016 Melbourne Cup is ‘The Race That Stops The Nation’ and will be run at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne Victoria on Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 3 PM.

Race That Stops The Nation

The Melbourne Cup has been run on the first Tuesday in November each year since Archer first won the race in 1861. The Melbourne Cup is known as ‘The Race That Stops The Nation’ as literally almost 100% of Australians stop to watch or listen to the running of the Cup in a race that captivates the hearts and minds of people across Australia.

It is only on Melbourne Cup Day that everyone suddenly becomes an expert in Horse Racing and places their only bet of the year on the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne is the Capital City of the State of Victoria and a Public Holiday is celebrated for the Melbourne Cup.

The 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival including

  • Derby Day,
  • Melbourne Cup,
  • Oaks Day,
  • Stakes Day.

will see an estimated

  • $32 Million spent on accommodation,
  • $20 Million spent on food and beverages,
  • $42 Million spent on fashion.

Last year, the Melbourne Cup Carnival generated almost $388 Million in economic benefits for Victoria, with more than 326,000 people attending the 4 race meetings, including more than 122,000 visitors from overseas and interstate.