Well ahead of opening day at Saratoga Race Course, the state has updated guidance for fans in the stands at horse and auto races. 

When the announcement was made that fans would be returning to the stands for other indoor and outdoor sporting events, we know it was a matter of time for both horse and auto racing to get updated guidance as well to have fans in the stands. Today Governor Cuomo made that update.

According to the Governor's office, starting April 22nd fans can return to horse and auto races with venues allowed to entertain up to 20 percent of their normal capacity. According to the new guidelines, attendees must show proof of a negative COVID test or a vaccine to enter an event. While opening day in Saratoga is still a few months away, this is the confirmation that local horse racing fans have been waiting for the upcoming 2021 meet which kicks off Thursday, July 15th. This is also great news for local racing fans who are eager to return to live racing. One of our favorite local tracks, Lebanon Valley Speedway, is prepping for their opening night with fans on Saturday, May 1st.

According to NYRA, Saratoga Race Course has a capacity of 50,000 people so under these current guidelines 10,000 could attend a race in the Spa City. One would assume this cap will only go up the closer we get to opening day. But even if it was to stay at 10,000, most fans I would gather would be admitted during lighter weekdays of racing with the cap only coming into play around the weekends.

Regardless of how this progresses in the weeks and months ahead, it will be great t see fans back at Saratoga Race Course this summer.

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