With N.Y. easing attendance rules, when can you go to Aqueduct?

With N.Y. easing attendance rules, when can you go to Aqueduct?
Photo: Courtesy NYRA

Large stadiums and arenas in New York will be able to open to spectators at 10 percent of capacity, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday if they meet state health department guidelines.

Racing fans might be wondering whether they should plan a trip to Aqueduct anytime soon. Probably not.

Patrick McKenna, senior director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Authority, addressed the topic in this statement issued Wednesday afternoon:

“Sports and entertainment venues in New York are responsible for tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. NYRA applauds Governor Cuomo for taking action today to get New Yorkers back to work and fans back in seats.

“NYRA is reviewing the newly announced guidelines to determine how they apply to Aqueduct Racetrack, where the first floor is currently the site of a New York State COVID-19 vaccination center, and to Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

“NYRA has been conducting live racing without spectators in attendance since June 3 and we are eager to welcome racing fans back to our venues at the appropriate time and with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission."

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