Saratoga meet to open July 15, with separate areas for non-vaccinated fans

Photo by Mike Groll, Office of the Governor

Saratoga Race Course will re-open to fans at near full capacity when the 2021 summer meet commences on July 15.

Most areas of the track and and the backyard will be open to vaccinated patrons, with smaller sections designated for non-vaccinated fans, who will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

“The historic Saratoga Race Course is one of the Capital Region’s most storied attractions, drawing over a million New Yorkers and visitors to Saratoga Springs each summer,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The racing season is quickly approaching, and this year we are excited to welcome fans back to the course with free admission on Opening Day for any individual who shows proof of vaccination. This is all part of New York’s rebirth and resurgence as we continue to build back better and stronger from this pandemic.”

The Saratoga meet was closed to fans and spectators all last summer due to the pandemic. In order to re-open Saratoga Race Course to fans at near full percent capacity, NYRA will designate most sections for vaccinated fans only, including the popular Saratoga backyard.

This policy aligns with current New York state guidance for large outdoor sports and entertainment venues, which allows for fully vaccinated sections to operate at full capacity without social distancing measures in place.

NYRA will however designate a small number of hospitality and seating areas for non-vaccinated fans. Fans in these sections will be required to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear a face covering at all times during their day at Saratoga Race Course.

Visitors to the Saratoga Race Course who are under the age of 16 years old will be allowed to accompany fully vaccinated adults anywhere throughout the track. If not accompanying a fully vaccinated adult, they will be required to stay within the non-vaccinated areas.

Unvaccinated NYRA personnel who interact with patrons will be subject to a diagnostic test prior to opening day and will be regularly tested thereafter. Unvaccinated NYRA personnel who do not interact with patrons will not be subject to a diagnostic test prior to opening day or after, however they will be required to wear masks and follow standard DOH and CDC social distancing rules.

The 2021 summer meet at the Saratoga Race Course will run from July 15 through September and will feature 76 stakes worth $21.5 million in total purses.

Tickets will go on sale June 9.