New Curragh facilities shown off to the press

Wednesday, Apr 17 2019

Officials at the Curragh showed members of the press around the new facilities on Wednesday as the first meeting of the season approaches.

A new grandstand has been built, which contains 1,500 cushioned seats, there is a new parade ring, the jockeys now have a lounge area and a tunnel leads from the weighing room to the paddock.

Doors will open to the public for the first time in 2019 on May 6, for which early-bird tickets only cost €10 online.

Derek McGrath, the Curragh’s chief executive, said: “We’re very proud of the effort and work that has gone into this.

“On Tuesday we had almost 500 people from the industry here to have a good look and ask questions.

“We had two years to get this done and getting it done became the focus for everybody and we’re delighted it’s come through.

“We believe we’re in good stead, but the hard work starts now to make this work for everybody.

“We’ve thought about everyone. We think it’s comfortable, has easy access, it’s compact, it’s easy to get around and as we develop this we want it to become an exciting experience for the racing fan.

“The grandstand is the end of the project in many ways, we started with the stables, we’ve done the parade ring, which is bigger now, and we’ll continue with them going anti-clockwise so a lot of work has gone on.”

Prices for Derby day and the second day of Irish Champions Weekend – the two marquee days at the Curragh – start at €40.

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