Ticket issues follow Preakness 2019 grandstand closure

April 21, 2019 03:17pm
Pimlico Race Course has been flooded with phone calls, according to a Baltimore Sun report, wanting to exchange seats for the Preakness Stakes after a recent announcement that an old grandstand section with a capacity of 6,670 was deemed structurally unsound.

Per the Sun, 3,100 seats had already been sold in the section when last weekend's news broke.

“We are currently experiencing an extreme volume of calls," the Maryland Jockey Club box office line was said to read. "If you are calling about a ticket exchange we ask you to please remain patient as we are currently speaking individually with all affected customers to determine the best seating solution for everybody.”

Per the Sun, ticket holders have until May 1 to make changes at no additional cost, and the Maryland Jockey Club is asking for attendees' patience "as we all work through this process together."

While the Preakness attracts more than 100,000 spectators, many of them are in standing-room only areas, including the infield, with reserved seating limited.

“I have 14 seats together and the only sections not sold out are hall of fame dining room seats for $225 and infield seats,” a John Augustus posted to the Preakness Stakes' Facebook page. “I don’t think there are 6900 seats available in the dining room and there is no available seating in the infield. What are our choices? If we aren’t able to upgrade will we get a refund?”

The ongoing saga between Stronach Group — who owns The Maryland Jockey club — and Baltimore officials on the future of the Preakness continued Thursday when The Park Heights Renaissance community group hosted a lunch to celebrate “the huge victory” in regard to a Stronach-backed bill in the General Assembly that ended last week. The legislation requested state bonds to support building a “super track” complex at Laurel Park, indicating a desire to move the Preakness from Pimlico.

The Stronach Group has said it needs to move racing operations to Laurel Park due to renovations exceeding the price tag.

Meanwhile, a study was commissioned within the last six months for mixed-use plans for a rebuilt Pimlico designed to keep the race in Baltimore. 


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