Warrnambool Racing Club’s $5.8 million showpiece grandstand upgrade will offer a “game changing experience” for patrons who attend race meetings, chairman Nick Rule says.
The new facility will not be open for the revised two-day race meet next month because of the coronavirus pandemic – as no patrons will be on-course for the event.
The Standard was given a tour of the new facility by club chief executive officer Tom O’Connor and Rule. The Matilda Room is now linked to the existing grandstand. “We’re offering a brand new experience for people who attend racing in Warrnambool with this new development,” Rule said. “The facility is multi-purpose and was achieved on time by Nicholson Construction. “We’re thrilled with the design and the finished product – our only disappointment is we can’t show it off to our members, sponsors and the general public at our event but as we are aware that is beyond our control.
“The club is looking forward to seeing the facility full of people at race meetings and other functions including weddings and conferences once the virus is over.” O’Connor, who took over the CEO role in October said stakeholders including the Australian Government under its Building Better Regions Fund, Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria and the Woodford Racing Club had played massive roles in the upgrade.
The room now has the capability of sitting 500 people. “We’ve nearly doubled the size of the old Matilda Room,” O’Connor said. “I’m confident everyone will be delighted with the finished product. “It’s a state of the art project for Warrnambool and will be a wonderful facility for people who are going to the races or if they are attending a function at the complex.
“Nicholson Construction have done a great job. “They have used local tradespeople where possible.
“We’ve had a lot of support over the journey from our stakeholders and I must also acknowledge the Racing Minister Martin Pakula, our volunteer local project manager Colin Hunt and Ashlee Scott.” The facility also includes a new ground floor trackside dining and presentation bar behind the mounting yard and includes upgrades to kitchen, bars, viewing deck and other amenities.
Check out the full article from The Standard here https://www.standard.net.au/story/6729664/take-a-look-at-the-completed-matilda-room-racecourse-upgrades/?cs=2611
And see the video interview here https://players.brightcove.net/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6150203144001