Thousands of racegoers to return to York for the first time since 2019 – Here’s what to expect
The last time a punter cheered on a horse at York Racecourse was October 2019.
But tomorrow (Saturday) the first spectators return to Knavesmire.
Just 4,000 tickets are being sold for the First Saturday meeting, at a venue with a capacity for 40,000 to ensure plenty of social distancing.
James Brennan, head of marketing at York Racecourse said they are eager to see racegoers back.
“t’s been a long and challenging 18 months. Saturday, 12 of October 2019 was the last time we welcomed a paying customer here to the Knavesmire,” he told Ben and Laura on YorkMix Radio.
“There’s excitement about Saturday from the team here – and from what we read on social media and the phone calls coming in – and we can’t wait.”
There will be cashless payments, silver service rather than buffets in the hospitality areas, a one-way system – and people will have to wear face masks inside buildings.
Bookings have to be taken in advance, and will close at lunchtime. Just a single enclosure is open. County stand places are still available – find out more here.
There’s no dress code – so dress for the weather says James. It’s due to be cloudy but not wet, with a top temperature of 11C.
Gates open at 11.15am, with the first of seven races starting at 2.05pm. Good luck!