Kentucky Derby Will Have Fans on the Stands, Witnessing the Race This Year

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America’s most acclaimed horse race- Kentucky Derby, generally gathers an audience of 150,000 spectators every year. The Churchill Downs track in south Louisville will host this race, like every year, in September.

Officials have released a statement saying that the Derby fans will be allowed to spectate from the grandstands.

The Effects Of Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the “The Run for the Roses”, which is held on the 1st Saturday of May, is postponed to 5th September 2020.

The President of Churchill Downs, Kevin Flanery, says he has been consulting with Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky, and other State Health officials. They have decided to allow Kentucky Derby fans on the stands that day.

He has announced that the Derby Week will be conducted with the audience. He further adds that this might be a “different experience” as this is a “different year”. However, the officials have not yet declared a number or total fans that will be permitted on the tracks.

Seating & Tickets In The Race

The number of spectators will be decreased based on seating. The track has reserved seats and permanent seats along with general admission. Race Authorities have decided on reducing the reserved seats by 50% and this will go over 60% for the general admission.

The track has already ‘sold out’ its reserved seat facility and aims at getting the best response from the viewers. Spokesman of Churchill Downs, Darren Rogers says that they will be contacted with the reserved seat holders and ask them about their status in attending the Derby. And whether or not, they want to keep their seats.

For normal Derby Week, a ticket for general admission will also provide you access to the 1st floor of the facility. Although, this year their access will be limited to the Churchill Downs infield area. With the track area being 1.6 million sq ft, Track President Flanery believes that the visitors will stay safe and attend the race.

He also adds that by making slight changes and accepting the facts, we can move quickly with proper planning. More details about the same are still under development, they will be released soon.

Health Measures By The Race Association

Kentucky has earned the test-positivity rate recommended by the World Health Organization. With 5% or fewer rates, the state is entitled to move on with the business.

The state had maintained a 3.82% test-positivity rate along with fewer deaths and infections. This has supported the Governor in accepting the track and derby plans. Governor Andy Beshear says that the Churchill Downs has presented an all-embracing plan to the government.

The Kentucky Derby will have a new look this year, and these changes will assist in maintaining the safety and wellbeing of all spectators and Kentuckians. Few other changes that the Derby will have up its sleeves will include:

  • Chef’s Table Buffet will be excluded from the event and other food points will be created for the audience
  • Tickets will be shared through mobiles, to ensure limited contact between the visitors and track employees
  • Betting windows will have markers set to keep the fans at a distance. The attendees will also have an option to place wagers through their smartphones
  • Track Employees will always wear don gloves and masks and visitors will be asked to follow the same

Flanery clearly stated that their team will encourage the fans to keep wearing masks to maintain safety and health standards. Kentucky Derby is the crowning gem of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown, which includes the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness.

Usually, the Belmont Stakes is held at the end of the season, however this year it was organized first with no crowd on stands. The Preakness is shifted to 3rd October 2020.

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