Grandstand Contract Let: But Tanforan Structure Will Not be Ready Before March-Plan Beautiful Club House, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-08


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GRANDSTAND CONTRACT LET But Tanforan Structure Will Not Be Ready Before March Plan Beautiful Club House. SAN FRANCISCO. Cal., December 7. The opening at Tanforan will come some time in March instead of February 22, as was hoped by the directors of the Pacific Coast Jockey Club. The contract for the construction of the grandstand has been awarded, but the contractor could not promise to have the structure in readiness for Washingtons Birthday for the accommodation of the thousands that will undoubtedly flock to the picturesque course down the peninsula on inaugural day. Racegoers hereabouts are - in accord with the directors of the Jockey Club in- the matter of postponing the opening until everything is in tiptop condition. Mucli of the travel to the San Bruno track will be by automobile, with two fine highways available for the drive of twelve miles. The Southern Pacific will take care of those that prefer train riding, with specials from Third and Townsend, as in the days of old Tanforan. The electric cars make the run from the heart of the city to the racecourse in about fifty minutes. The street car company plans to build a loop into the in-closure from the eastern boundary of the property to a terminus near the grandstand. Business manager George Lafitte has worked out a complete system for parking the automobiles, also providing for the rapid unloading of the machines and expeditious dispatch following the conclusion of the afternoons sport. Now that the grandstand plans finally have been disposed of the directors are working on their "hobby," that of the most beautiful clubhouse in the country. The clubhouse will be immediately adjoining the paddock, the latter being next to the grandstand on the south. About 25,000 will be expended on the grandstand, a steel frame structure, with seating capacity for 5,000. It is estimated that in the neighborhood of 5,000 will be spent on the clubhouse. It is expected there will be at least 500 members in the Jockey Club and all the latest ideas in providing comfort at the races for them will be made use of in the construction of the clubhouse. One of the leading restaurant men of San Francisco will be given the restaurant concession for the track and he will conduct a grill in the clubhouse, as well as having places of refreshment in the grandstand. A private dining room is provided in each of the small structures of the directors of the Jockey Club, adjoining their barns, so it may be expected that they will frequently have luncheon either in their own dining room or at the clubhouse. It is confidently predicted owners of horses at the track will put in a good deal of time watching their fleet ones in work-outs in the morning as well as in the actual racing tests of the afternoon.

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