Saratoga Race Course will open to fans at near capacity for the 2021 summer meet, which starts on Thursday, July 15.
Season and weekly ticket plans for the 2021 meet, which will continue through Monday, Sept. 6, will go on sale on Wednesday, June 9, at 10 a.m. EDT at NYRA.com. Season admission passes will also be available for purchase at that time.
NYRA said it 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.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced that all fans who show proof of vaccination via the New York State Excelsior Pass on Opening Day will receive free Grandstand general admission. Fans from outside New York State may redeem free admission by showing their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
Season and weekly ticket plans for reserved seats in the clubhouse, grandstand, The Stretch and Fourstardave Sports Bar will go on sale on Wednesday, June 9, in addition to season admission passes.
Season passes, which are valid for vaccinated fans only, provide admission to all 40 days at Saratoga. Season passes do not include reserved seating and will be available by digital download only. Printed versions or hard copies will not be available. A grandstand season pass is $50. A Clubhouse season pass is $75. Season passes may be purchased at NYRA.com beginning on June 9.
Individual tickets and tickets for other areas of Saratoga, including dining, will go on sale at a later date.
In addition to the family-friendly backyard picnic area, sections that will be reserved for vaccinated fans and will operate at full capacity will include: the 1863 Club, The Stretch, Turf Terrace, Porch, clubhouse and most of the stadium seats in the grandstand.
Under New York State guidelines, non-vaccinated children under the age of 16 will be admitted to seating and hospitality areas designated for vaccinated fans when accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
A limited number of seating areas will be available for non-vaccinated fans, who will be required to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear a facial covering at all times during their day at Saratoga Race Course.
Single-day grandstand general admission tickets are $7 and clubhouse general admission tickets are $10. Walk-up admission will be available daily and does not include reserved seating. Upon entry, fans must submit proof of vaccination.
Saratoga's 40-day summer meet will feature 76 stakes worth $21.5 million in total purses highlighted by the 152nd renewal of the $1.25 million Travers (G1) on Aug. 28 and the $1 million Whitney (G1) on Aug. 7.
After the four-day opening weekend from Thursday, July 15, through Sunday, July 18, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, with the exception of the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day.