By James Wilkinson

The Australian Turf Club this week (Aug 1) took possession of several more floors of its new grandstand at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, including a new, state-of-the-art ballroom capable of hosting 1000 people.

The ballroom will be given its first big test on August 9, when it hosts the Kennedy Awards, one of the largest media events in Australia set to be attended by hundreds of leading journalists and senior members of government.

Australian Turf Club CEO Darren Pearce gave HM and sister publication SpiceNews and members of the press a tour of the new grandstand on Aug 1, one that took around 18 months to complete and now offers the latest and most technologically innovative event spaces in Australia.

Pearce told HM and SpiceNews on camera the facilities have come a long way at the track, from old stands with concrete cancer to a brand new $160 million facility.

“We had to differentiate ourselves from our competition,” he said. “We’ve gone for a really five-star finish and that’s about getting people back to the races and having a flexible space for major events.”

In the exclusive video, Pearce also talks about the facilities on offer in the new grandstand, demand for events for the remainder of the year and the latest developments with the Adina hotel that proposed to be built next at Royal Randwick.

To view the video, click on the YouTube image at the top of the page.

Royal Randwick grandstand - EDITED

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management