A major, multi-million pound investment programme at Down Royal Racecourse will be completed next month after it officially unveils a brand new bar and social space, it was announced today.
Down Royal, which has already invested over £5 million in its racing and hospitality facilities, said it is spending a further £250,000 as part of a redesign and refurbishment of its main public bar.
The newly-revamped space, which attracts thousands of race-goers each year, will employ around 25 staff for every race event.
Work on this latest project gets under way just days after the Charles Hurst Premium Summer Race Evening on September 12th and will be completed in time for the start of the two-day Northern Ireland Festival of Racing on Friday 31st October.
The innovative new redesign will create additional seating areas in a bright and modern space and will have stunning views of the track.
As part of the plans to improve its hospitality offering, Down Royal has signed an exclusive partnership with Moira-based and internationally-acclaimed butcher Peter Hannan, who will be supplying his award-winning quality meat products for inclusion on a series of exciting new menu options.
Down Royal Manager Mike Todd said the new facilities will enhance the significant work already undertaken at the racecourse – all of which were completed with the comfort and experience of race-goers in mind.
“Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new grandstand, new high-end hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions,” Mike said.
“This latest investment reinforces our commitment to providing unrivalled facilities for the thousands of people who come to our race days, creating the most up-to-date and luxurious environment for them.”
Work is due to start on September 15th.
Last month, Down Royal signed its first major sponsorship deal with the region’s biggest car retailer, Charles Hurst Group, in a headline move that helps drive the prize pot for its next headline summer event to more than £65,000.
As part of the sponsorship arrangement, the new Premium car division becomes the top sponsor for Down Royal’s Summer Race Evening on Friday September 12th, which this year will not only feature the best flat racing on offer anywhere on the island of Ireland but a stunning showcase of some of the world’s sought-after premium car brands.
Charles Hurst is sponsoring three races on the day, taking the prize fund for them close to £20,000.
For more information, visit www.downroyal.com or phone 028 9262 1256.