Construction works have begun at Allan Scott Park Morphettville Racecourse to redevelop the entrance structures, function rooms and facilities at the course, but it is business as usual with public access still available on race days and for other functions and events held in the facilities.
Morphettville Racecourse gets a facelift.
Racegoers can soon enjoy a stunning new entrance at Allan Scott Park Morphettville Racecourse, with removal of the old entrances and replacement with modern structures that will be more user-friendly, and befitting of a premier sporting and function venue.
Repainting of the entire external facade of the grandstand and associated buildings was completed earlier this year, with the remainder of this first stage of the redevelopment project scheduled to be completed in mid-October in time for the spring racing season.
South Australian Jockey Club CEO, Brenton Wilkinson, says, “The new entrance design encompasses conical pagoda membrane roof structures to both entrance points, which are made of galvanised steel frames with a PVC roof.”
“The members’ entrance will incorporate a 40-metre undercover walkway from the entrance to the grandstand, consisting of a long cantilevered barrel vault structure, and another conical pagoda tension membrane structure.”
“The tramway entrance will utilise the existing Grandstand Tote building by renovating the existing veranda that faces the tramway, and using the old Tote windows as ticket booths. Gardens and lighting will also be a feature of these new entrances.”
An associated project will also yield a purpose-built, commercial kitchen and ancillary areas measuring 335-sqm, able to cater for in excess of 4,500 seated guests at any given time. The kitchen will be attached to the Panasonic Pavilion, a unique function venue capable of hosting events that cater for up to 1,200 seated guests.
“The kitchen will service not only the Panasonic Pavilion, but also help in preparation and catering for functions held throughout the numerous rooms in the venue, including the marquees on race days, and the increased capacity of the 2nd floor members’ area in the Grandstand, which is scheduled to be refurbished in the coming 12-24 months as part of the second stage of the project.”
The SAJC is looking forward to soon showing the re-developments to the public, including the premium facilities and resources that are on-par with other leading racecourses.
The developments are a testament to the continual growth of Morphettville Racecourse, as both a racing facility and venue destination.