Rowley Mile unveils improvement plan

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Newmarket’s Rowley Mile racecourse has unveiled plans to improve facilities for racegoers at the historic course.

Course boss Amy Starkey confirmed a proposal has been submitted to planning authority Forest Heath District Council. If approved work would start on the improvements at the end of May as racing switched to the July course.

The application represents the start of a programme of improvements planned for the Rowley Mile where the first two Classic races of the season, the QIPCO 1000 and 2000 Guineas will be run on May 3 and 4.

“It is part of Newmarket Racecourses’ vision to improve facilities and the visitor experience on The Rowley Mile,“ said Miss Starkey.

“The first part of the project is located between the racecourse public entrance and the rear of the Millennium Grandstand.

“We aim to create a boulevard area with catering, entertainment and betting opportunities, all of which will create a sense of arrival from the entrance and generate 
and retain atmosphere,” she 

The aim is to create a tree-lined avenue with a focal point being an information kiosk 
providing racegoers with 
details about the course, its facilities and the day’s 

“We are excited about the project and believe it will improve the customer experience,” said Miss Starkey.

The work will be completed for the opening race meeting back on the Rowley Mile on September 20 which forms a major part of the Newmarket Open Day weekend when town trainers open up their yards to visitors and a special afternoon of events is staged at the racecourse.

“We are excited about the project and believe it will improve the customer experience,” said Miss Starkey.

It is hoped the improvements at the Rowley Mile where Newmarket’s 2014 season began yesterday, 
will be as successful as 
those completed at the neighbouring July Course a decade ago.

“The design has the same feel and the improvements at the July Course have been very successful. We believe these proposals will make a real difference to the experience racegoers have at the Rowley Mile,” said Miss Starkey.