For the first time since the pandemic began, New York racetracks soon will be able to welcome fans.
Starting on Friday, April 23, tracks will be allowed to allow spectators at up to 20 percent of capacity. That is one day after Belmont Park's spring meet begins. Ticketing options will be announced in the coming days, said NYRA President Dave O'Rourke in a statement.
“The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) looks forward to welcoming fans back to Belmont Park this spring and to Saratoga Race Course this summer," O’Rourke said. "We thank Governor Cuomo for the opportunity to host fans at our historic tracks for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
“We will announce ticketing options for fans once we further review the guidelines and protocols set forth for Thoroughbred tracks in New York state.
“NYRA has dearly missed the passion and excitement that fans bring to the sport of thoroughbred racing. Today’s announcement by the governor is one more indication that we are collectively moving toward a return to normalcy.”