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I don’t see
the big deal. It’s still the cheapest major league sport as far as entrance
fees go. It’s on par with other sports when it comes to food or t-shirts - it’s
expensive. But to see a major league horse race, the price to get in is in
comparison to other sports - cheap. But that’s not the battle cry facing NYRA
these days. They raised the prices at two of the three NYRA tracks and you
would think that they raised the price of gas, as well, the way some folks are
taking the news.
First of all, the price will increase from $20 to $30 bucks for a clubhouse admission on Belmont Stakes Day only. The race card on June 7th is now the second richest day in horse racing. And you thought it was about ladies hats? It’s all about purses. And NYRA is putting up some huge numbers in hopes of getting some high quality equines, but you’re going to have to pay to see them. Sure, the seats I
had for the Jockey Gold Cup, are now priced $130.00 which, is of course, out of
my price range, but I’ll swing $30 ducats for my clubhouse admission to see the
Belmont from the best spot I can grab. The grandstand admission on Belmont Day
will not change. It’s still going to be 10 dollars.
the locals are displeased at the price increases to go to Saratoga. Prices now
are up from three, to five bucks for your grandstand ticket, and from five to
eight dollars for your clubhouse admission, for the Wrigley Field of horse
racing. I still don’t think it’s that bad.
But look at it
as a comparison to the game of baseball. Just to get in on a Thursday afternoon
ball game is a minimum, cheapest seat in the place-30 bucks. And that’s if you
are lucky. I can buy a nice grandstand seat in section WW off of the little
Irish guy at the Nelson Ave. gate for $15 beans on that same Thursday afternoon
at the Spa. Or five bucks and grab a picnic table. Let’s not complain when a
football ticket is in upwards of 100 dollars, and that’s before you buy a beer
for eight or an old fashioned with a splash and a cherry for nine smackers.
people funny that they’ll pay for a $30 exacta, but they think five bucks is
too much to pay for an entrance fee. That’s what it will cost you to go to Belmont
once the spring meet begins May 1st. That’s right, there is
only one price because they are closing the grandstand due to low attendance.
The one admission price is for the clubhouse only. It’s a shame for NYRA to
have to make that decision. Let’s hope that a lot of folks didn’t lose their
jobs when the track opens in May.
Now the good
news, Aqueduct is free. What? Except on the Wood Memorial Day, the day I’m
going down. This is an outrage! It’s going to cost me three whole dollars to
get in that day. Oh well, my exacta will be for 27 bucks instead of 30 that day.