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Big plans for club

Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014

Demo Club Operations Manager Ben Offord said a new TAB is the first of many big upgrades planned for the club. Demo Club Operations Manager Ben Offord said a new TAB is the first of many big upgrades planned for the club.

By Darrin Manuel

The Demo Club has taken the first step in what is believed will be a total overhaul of the club.

Tradesmen are installing a new TAB area for its members near the back entrance to offset the upcoming closure of the TAB office in Blende Street.

The Demo’s TAB will feature 16 TVs, full Sky Racing coverage, and ‘Trackside’ computer-generated gallops, harness and greyhound racing.

Punters will be able to place their bets on a computer terminal, or on the traditional paper betting slips.

But while the new facilities sound comprehensive, it is believed they are also likely to be temporary.

The BDT understands that the club will undergo big changes in the coming years that will see a reshuffle of the amenities.

The TAB will eventually be moved into a new sports bar which will occupy the current dining area and function room.

Dining and function facilities will in turn be moved into newly-purchased space in the old Video Ezy building next door.

Operations Manager Ben Offord was reluctant to confirm the details, but said it was a very exciting time for the club.

“This is just the first of many things we hope to do over the next 18 months to two years,” he said.

“We always wanted a TAB facility, and with the closure of the Blende Street TAB, it gives us a great opportunity to provide that service.”

The new TAB is expected to be fully operational on Monday.

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