Cheltenham Festival stadium guide
A good racing event as the Cheltenham Festival is world renowned for, requires a good base for the thousands of fans that pack in to sample the action track-side. And Cheltenham has just that with three enclosures; The Sun’s Best Mate enclosure, The Tattersalls and The Centaur are most efficient for witnessing the great National Hunt racing the racecourse never fails to offer. These areas give great links to the paddock where punters often stand to see the horses being paraded and to the viewing steps situated near to the winning post.
Tattersalls Enclosure/ Best Mate Enclosure
The Tattersalls enclosure at the course makes for extensive viewing and contributes to housing many of the 67,500 spectator capacity. A restaurant named ‘The Cheltenham Gold Cup’ is a popular attraction amongst Cheltenham visitors who are housed in the this enclosure. They also are granted access behind the stands to the unsaddling enclosures and during the festival, the Guiness Village which hcan be found opposite the last fence extends enclosures with yet more viewing steps, refreshment bars and entertainment areas.
When the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle kicks off the festival the infamous ‘Cheltenham roar’ will raise the roof as the decibels in and around the enclosures enter fever pitch. And in between races restaurants, bars and betting shops can be found in the Best Mate enclosure while the Tatersalls and Club area is the most exclusive enclosure with the best viewing for festival badge holders. Over a thousand seats can be found here in front of a big screen where race goers can sample the early stages of each race before they come into vision close home.
And if you are wondering where all money exchange hands you don’t have to look far because there are a wide choice of betting stands scattered around the enclosures. The larger chain bookmakers such as Totesport have their own windows on the different levels in each enclosure but the betting ring is where most punters will be stood as they seek to get the best possible price about their fancy. Standing areas are designated to welcome wining runners and riders as they make their way into the winning enclosure to pose for photographs.
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