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MEDIA RELEASE: Ellerslie Event Centre Opens $1.5 million Upgrade of Ascot Stand

Ellerslie Event Centre has officially opened a $1.5million upgrade of its Ascot Stand at Ellerslie Racecourse.

Chief executive Cameron George says: “The refurbishment of Level 2 and 5 of the Ascot Stand is the biggest single investment the club has made since the refurbishment of the Ellerslie Stand 10 years ago.“

The upgrade, which began in May, was completed in time for the first raceday of the new season, Great Northern Day, run on Saturday 5 September and Level 2 is now available for use.

The 500 sq.m. on Level 2 offers extensive views over the track and parade ring. The floor is split into the following five rooms; the Hunterville Room, the Mitchelson Room, the Chairman’s Suite, the Takanini Room and Lady Fisher.

The Hunterville Room has extensive views of the parade ring and garden sand can be configured in various ways for meetings or events. The room has a dedicated breakout area if required and can hold events up to 160 people theatre style.

The Mitchelson Room is accessed via the Hunterville Room and is ideal as a break out space for events held in the Hunterville Room. With views over the track the two tiered area give plenty of opportunity for smaller workshop groups to breakaway from the main event.

The new Chairman’s Suite is one of Auckland’s premium boardroom offerings. It can seat 22 boardroom style and is perfect for smaller meetings and workshops. The room has two tiers, the bottom tier ideal for use during break times. With great views across the racecourse and in room food and beverage facilities it is the ideal location for premium offsite meetings.

The Takanini Room offers a casual meeting space with full kitchen and bar facilities.

The Lady Fisher Suite offers a great indoor/outdoor experience for small meetings with two balconies included in the space, making it ideal for small workshops and meetings.

Designed and managed by Gaze Property Solutions and Cape Interior Construction, the refurbishment has seen the largely 1970s-style interiors modernised and lightened.

Craig Fenwick, Executive General Manager Events and Operations, says that the Ascot Stand members’ areas were due a refresh. “Small meetings is a growing market for us and with the refurbishment of Level 2 and 5 of the Ascot Stand we are confident that we can continue to deliver the excellent service that people come to expect from Ellerslie Event Centre in bright modern surroundings. This is just step one of our refurbishment plans, in early 2016 we will commence work in the Ellerslie Stand where some of our key large rooms will also be refurbished.”

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