With another sell-out crowd of over 50 000 expected for the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 2 July, Gold Circle is making sure that racegoers experience the very best in fine cuisine, standout decor and unbeatable entertainment at the many marquees, suites, picnic sites and in the grandstands.
The annual event has morphed into so much more than just a prestigious horse racing contest with locals and out-of-province racing fans flocking to star in the social event of the year. In 2014 the Vodacom Durban July was worth 440 million to the region, an achievement the many hospitality venues have played a crucial role in.
The lavishly decorated marquee village is expecting 12 000 racing fans alone with 3 500 waitrons, bar staff and hostesses waiting in the wings to assist race goers with everything they need to enjoy the landmark occasion.
Surrounding the thirty striking marquee tents, complete with theme appropriate bespoke decor, will be 3000 metres of steel fencing and 1500 metres of picket fencing with 11 000 square metres of flooring covering the field and providing a stable ground for the multiple dance floors, plasma TV’s, fully stocked bars and sumptuous buffets.
A first for the Vodacom Durban July and the African continent, this year no less than four double decker marquees will grace Greyville’s green fields. Requiring plenty of manpower and a full month to assemble, the double deckers have become the ultimate status symbol of the event.
Not only are the double decker marquee patrons afforded the exclusive luxury of watching all the racing action from their site, but raised above everyone else it offers up an unrivalled VIP experience. Add a glass of bubbly and some scrumptious hors d’oeuvre, of which the marquees offer up in the thousands, the celebration of Africa’s Greatest Horseracing Event has never tasted so good.
For many ‘July Fever’ is best experienced alongside the track or in the grandstands with Gold Circle’s many sit-down venues that provide an array of diverse meals. From the Thursday preceding the big day up to forty chefs prepare 8 000 portions of distinctive Durban curry, 2 600 delicate pieces of sushi and 1 200 oysters, and that’s just the small of it!
Festivities continue well into the night with racing fans either heading to the many exciting after parties happening around the city or at the hospitality venues with entertainment from performances by a bevy of local musicians.
To recognise the enormous lengths the hospitality venues go to creating a first-class experience for their guests organisers of the Vodacom Durban July announce three prizes on raceday – Best Corporate Marquee or Facility, Best Hospitality Marquee or Facility and Best Picnic Site. Judges scout the field on the morning before announcing the winner on the Action Stage that afternoon.