For more than a decade, the Paddock Tent has been a permanent fixture at Saratoga Race Course, offering fans a comfortable group hospitality area. However, prior to the 2020 racing season, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will remove the tent in favor of providing racetrack visitors with additional green space.
Enjoy a Greater View of the Horses & Jockeys
The removal of the Paddock Tent will return 240-square feet of picnic space to fans so they can enjoy an unimpeded view of the historic Saratoga paddock.
In a press release, NYRA CEO and President Dave O’Rourke said, “A great deal of what makes Saratoga so special is the ability to see both the horses and jockeys up close. We are removing the Paddock Tent in order to offer more fans the exciting opportunity to watch these incredible athletes as they parade through the paddock prior to each race.”
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the Saratoga Local Advisory Board both voiced their support for the decision.
NYRA will remove the Paddock Tent before the 2020 summer meet at Saratoga kicks off on Opening Day, Thursday, July 16. This year, the meet will run through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Following Opening Weekend, racing will be conducted five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays. NYRA is expected to announce group hospitality and reservation info in early March.