Open house held for race fans ahead of Saratoga season
Updated: Sunday, July 13 2014, 11:14 PM EDT
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- An Open House was held Sunday at Saratoga Race Course, to officially kick off the racing season in Saratoga. We're told all the proceeds are being donated to local charities, and that this year attendance is expected to be up.
"We've actually seen an increase of about 140% over where we were last year. More than 3,400 passes have been sold to date, again that's about 17 to 18 hundred from last year alone. it's great momentum, clearly we're seeing that the community is excited about this upcoming season," says NYRA Spokesperson, John Durso Jr.
One reason behind the increase is a decrease in price. The season pass this year will cost fans $30 for a Grandstand Pass, and $50 for a Clubhouse pass. That's down from last year which cost fans $50 for a Grandstand and $75 for a Clubhouse pass. Also new this year, $2 million of improvements, including new flat screen TV's, new picnic tables, and a new pavilion for special events.
"They did a lot of improvements this year which is going to help. It's just the place to be, it's more family oriented than most tracks," says Jerry Grolley of Saratoga Springs.
Grolley was getting his season pass Sunday, he's been coming to the race course for 65 years.
"It was just as busy then as it is now," he says.
It was a busy Open House, all the proceeds we're told are staying in the community.
"We're actually offering concessions today too. All of the proceeds there coming from food and beverage here are being dispensed throughout the region for local charities. Again, we are not making a cent off of today, today is going simply with the community in mind," says Durso.
If you'd like to purchase a season pass, or get more information on this year's season visit: http://origin-nyra.ae-dns.com/saratoga/