After much anticipation, it’s time for horse racing fans to rejoice! On Wednesday, April 14, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a limited number of spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races starting Thursday, April 22. This includes both Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park, and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) looks forward to welcoming back fans.
Here’s What Racing Fans Need to Know
As part of his announcement, Governor Cuomo stated that starting April 22, spectators will be permitted to attend New York State horse and auto races at 20 percent capacity. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all spectators will be subject to the State’s strict guidance, which is in effect for other professional sports competitions with fans.
Spectators must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry, and they are subject to the State’s health and safety protocols on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.
In response to this announcement, NYRA released a press release to thank Governor Cuomo and update fans on their current plans.
“We thank Governor Cuomo for the opportunity to host fans at our historic tracks for the first time since the start of the pandemic,” said NYRA President & CEO Dave O’Rourke. “We will announce ticketing options for fans once we further review the guidelines and protocols set forth for thoroughbred tracks in New York state.”
This is an exciting development as we all look ahead to the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. Stay tuned for further updates from NYRA as they work to determine ticketing options for both Belmont and Saratoga.