THE FINISHING touches are being applied to a R2million project to give Turffontein a facelift in time for the start of night racing - and Saturday's R600000 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile.
Racegoers at the Charity Mile will see a huge improvement in both the overall appearance of the grandstand and specific areas within it.
Its cold blue-and-white colour scheme has been replaced by an elegant charcoal and white - with railings painted black.
The new colour scheme matches the decor of the deck installed on the first level of the grandstand last year.
The area under the grandstand near the winning post, which previously housed a row of tote windows, has been revamped to create a stylish betting hall with TV screens, modern lighting, a bar and cocktail tables.
One set of steps down from the grandstand has been removed to open up the area and the tarmac in front of the grandstand to the east has been replaced by grass.
The tote board and grandstand steps have been repainted and the facade of the private boxes has been changed to match the rest of the complex.
The back of the grandstand - in line with the Turf Club street entrance - has also undergone a facelift, while the Centenary Room has been refurbished.
Other elements include enhancing the floors of the balconies outside the Aquanaut Room and the Centenary.
All in all, Turffontein has now a great new look.