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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Leopardstown to invest €12m in racecourse facilities

Horse Racing Ireland is putting €4.7m into the project
Horse Racing Ireland is putting €4.7m into the project
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Leopardstown Racecourse is to invest €12m in the next phase of redeveloping its facilities.

The project includes Horse Racing Ireland grant aid of €4.7m and will involve building a "permanent marquee-style pavilion" to host various events.

The area beneath the grandstand nearest the main entrance, will be "completely redeveloped to create a space for racegoers to enjoy a range of extensive food and bar outlets, ease of access to betting options and extensive seating to accommodate large crowds in comfort."

There will also be a new weigh room.

"Our vision is to create a facility in Leopardstown that will showcase the best that Irish racing has to offer. The international interest in this year’s Longines Irish Champions Weekend shows the potential of the sport. When we complete the development being announced today, we will have a facility in Dublin that will compare very favourably with the best national and international sports venues," Leopardstown Racecourse chief executive Pat Keogh said.

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