International
VIEW ARCHIVES (21866 articles)

<< Back
Cheltenham to close bars early and limit drinks
14 Feb 2017 | Racingpost.com 

Complimentary bars in hospitality areas are to close earlier during the Cheltenham Festival as part of an effort to curb anti-social behaviour during next month's four-day meeting.

Staff will be instructed to stop serving alcohol as soon as the last race starts in enclosures where free drink is available, while the main after-racing retail bar, the Final Flight, will also close half an hour earlier to enforce a wider responsible drinking policy.

Last year's Cheltenham meeting gained some unwanted headlines through scenes of footballers urinating into glasses and two reality stars exposing themselves as they attended the meeting as hospitality guests.

The track will reinforce its initiative by applying a four drinks per transaction limit, which is already in operation at other JCR venues, and staff will have discretion not to serve or allow entry to people who are intoxicated.

It follows the announcement of plans by the local council and police to crack down on drunken behaviour outside the racecourse and in the town as well as the activities of touts, street sellers and unlicensed taxi drivers.

Ian Renton, Cheltenham's regional director, said: "I was never happier to be criticised last year by people saying there was no problem with drinking at Cheltenham and everything was fine. That is the case but we have had a couple of isolated incidents and want to act accordingly to avoid any repetition.

"Complimentary bars will close during the last race and alongside that we have also increased the hosting and management presence in all hospitality areas so we can be more alert to activities of that kind than we were last year."

Public bar areas will close from the last race and up to an hour afterwards to help manage crowds leaving the course. No-one will be allowed to enter or leave carrying an alcoholic drink and a free bottle of water will be offered at the exits every day. Free water will also be made available from rehydration points on every bar.

Renton added: "The major change in the retail area is the closing of the Final Flight bar half an hour earlier, which is the major bar people go to as a post-event party. That is in the tented village and entry is by ticket only, which are sold in advance, but we felt closing half an hour early would prevent any excesses in that area as well.

"Every single member of the catering team will have a seen a video on responsible drinking and will act accordingly so we have improved and increased the training to ensure there is greater vigilance in complying with the responsible drinking code."





 
»Dettori: I will win the battle to make weight for Enable

»Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Thursday

»Ana O'Brien returns home from hospital after fall

»Classy Gold Cup lineup

»Dual Oaks winner Enable all set for Ascot showdown

»Rust targets fresh start in relationship with bookmakers

»Cool Catomine upsets 82nd Prince of Wales

»Ulysses late dash for glory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

»Rehana out to win Listed event named after her sire

»Stars set to thrill at Deauville

»Hawkeyethenoo, the Stewards' Cup hero, is retired

»Leading fancy Cracksman not among Gosden five for St Leger

»Unfortunately could yet lose Papin as Dream team appeal

»Galileo's 2001 King George celebrated in Diamonds and Pearls series

»Eustace hoping Music Seeker can dance at Newbury

»Confidence in Captain America for Champions Cup

ȣ10 million grassroots injection and record UK fixture list in 2018

»Last Winter just too hot

»Dual Oaks winner Enable looking likely to tackle King George

»Baffert eyes Pacific Classic for Arrogate despite dismal return

Share/Bookmark

©Copyright 2006 - 2017 Thoroughbred News.
All rights reserved
Development and Design by Web Element