New $1M Super Screen At The Valley
Today, Minister Dr Napthine announced a new $1 million super screen to be installed at Moonee Valley. The screen boasting 27metres x 5.8metres will be installed ahead of the Sportingbet Cox Plate Carnival.
Dr Napthine was joined by Chairman of Moonee Valley Racing Club, Bob Scarborough and Racing Victoria CEO, Rob Hines at Moonee Valley to announce the project and turn the first sod of earth in preparation for the permanent LED screen.
“The MVRC is appreciative of the support from Minister Napthine through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund for the installation of the new Moonee Valley Super Screen. Combined with the financial support from RVL, this joint funding has enabled the Club to undertake this important project.”
The screen with a surface area of 160 SqM is Capable of displaying two vision windows and betting information at the same time. The latest production equipment will also allow for an enhanced display including graphical information and replays of runners during mounting yard previews.
MVRC Chairman Bob Scarborough said the new super screen will be a great asset for the Club, “The new super screen will greatly enhance the on-course experience for all racegoers that attend Moonee Valley.
"With our unique amphitheatre, this screen will allow us to present racing in a modern and exciting fashion, bringing all of the colour and action to our audience.
“This $1 million investment comes right in time to help Moonee Valley launch a major new initiative, the two-day Sportingbet Cox Plate Carnival, which opens with the Sportingbet Manikato Stakes under lights on Friday night, 26 October and will be followed by the W.S. Cox Plate on Saturday 27 October,” Dr Napthine said.
“Measuring almost 27 metres by 5.8 metres and utilising the latest technology to deliver crystal clear images, the new super screen will add to the exciting and unique atmosphere of this first-class venue,” Dr Napthine said.
"The $1 million investment will showcase the latest in LED technology, including screen controllers, multi-view splicing and a raceday set up to match the technology at any race venue in the country. “The grant, in conjunction with funding being contributed by the Moonee Valley Racing Club and Racing Victoria will provide racing attendees with a state-of-the-art experience.
Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government is a strong supporter of racing, which is an industry worth over $2 billion annually that provides 70,000 jobs.
The Spring Racing Carnival alone delivers a gross economic benefit of $578.6 million.
“The Coalition’s Government’s $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund is dedicated to improving racing facilities across Victoria to help grow the economic benefits arising from the industry and create new jobs,” Dr Napthine said.
The total cost of the super screen including installation is $1 million with the Victorian Coalition Government providing $500,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund.
Moonee Valley Racing Club will provide $400,000, with Racing Victoria providing $100,000.