So, yesterday I visited the Longchamp construction site. There are many improvements and quality installations. To name a few the boxes dedicated to x-raying horses, the glass windowed vet boxes across from the urine sample taking boxes. Access to the presentation ring is unchanged. The presentation ring restaurant is now opposite the entrance to the presentation ring. Apparently, the drainage and surfacing have been done so that there won't be standing water and mud collecting on shoes (we'll see about that). The time from the scales or the presentation ring to the top of the grandstands has been clocked at 4mins. That is a big improvement. Basically, it seems smaller than it was and better organized, although that isn't hard to do. It was a mess and poorly thought out for the movement of people in the past. The design of the stands is an upstairs/downstairs approach. The higher you can access, the wealthier you are. Especially on the 4th floor close to the post. It has been mentioned that there is not a lot of seating in the general public area, which is true, but I don't know of any of the big Paris hippodromes that offer great seating for the general public. Watching horse racing requires moving about. The problem that I really see is that they think that this will be completed by April. Look at the photos yourselves. I find that completely unrealistic. Maybe my opinion on this will change, but the whole bloody thing is gold and yellows. I find it cheap looking although the idea was obviously the opposite. Here are my pix: photos.app.goo.gl/6g5b29r9pPSgldvp2
FYI: Just as a comparison, a stadium of the size of US Bank Stadium was torn down and the new one built in 2-years, on budget and on time. Here is a view of that state-of-the-art building. youtu.be/rmixBIyIOwE... See MoreSee Less
Daniel CooperNot a regular thing to X-ray a horse at the track..they don't even scope
5 hours ago
Jacques YeSseOh merci beaucoup pour ces photos Tim Rarick. Impression et question non pour le professionnel mais pour le spectateur : on dirait que le rond de présentation n'est plus rond, que le public ne sera que d'un seul côté. On dirait qu'il y a donc moins de places qu'avant pour regarder les chevaux. Déjà que le jour de l'Arc, on était écrasés, que va t il se passer. Est-ce que le devant de la piste pour le public est de l'herbe ? De la vraie herbe comme à Chantilly ? Et sinon, on dirait aussi que l'intérieur a été plus privilégié que l'extérieur. Personnellement, quand je vais aux courses, je suis DEHORS. Pas dans les salons. Donc mon impression avec tes photos c'est qu'on a fait un Longchamp pour le public de salon qui verra les courses "DE HAUT". Derrière des VITRES. Bof.