Scene set for a record or two on our Cup day
The 2015 Ipswich Cup trophies held aloft by Ipswich Turf Club's Steve Harling, Vanessa Bohr and Emily Hobson.
AS the massive job of co-ordinating one of the city's biggest events The Ipswich Cup hit the home turn yesterday, everything was pointing to the predictions for a record-breaking crowd.
Even the chance of a shower or two in the weather predictions wasn't worrying the punters with 15,000 admissions pre-sold yesterday.
Work started on setting up the track for Cup day over two weeks ago with the cold rooms, 80 marquees and 120 portaloos all in place. The double storey Home Turn Experience was back trackside after its debut last year and the dome and white futuristic furniture for the new Arctic Kiss Ice Bar was up, awaiting the delivery of ice.
The 5000 sunglasses have also arrived for a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark at the cup after party.
In what is set to be the biggest race meeting in Queensland this year, with a record-breaking crowd of more than 20,000 race-goers expected to walk through the gates,
The event brings with it a $5 million injection for the Ipswich economy.
Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said work started on the set-up on May 25.On the day there will be 300 bar staff serving 100,000 beverages and catering staff preparing 12,000 meals on the day, 150 security and police making sure Cup Day runs to plan.
"In past years we have started earlier than that but it has gone quite smoothly this year," Mr Kitching said.
"But the planning is ongoing. We had a call yesterday from a lady wanting to book a marquee for 2016."