Wednesday 16th September 2020 – Following discussions with local authorities and representatives, Warwick Racecourse will welcome up to 474 spectators at its Monday 21st September racing fixture as part of a limited capacity trial, with stringent health and safety measures in place for its first meeting since March.
The restricted capacity will be filled by 150 Annual Members, 124 hospitality bookers and up to 200 racehorse owners, in addition to participants and raceday staff. Tickets will not go on general sale given the limits involved.
The 1,000-person per day pilot at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting from 24th to 26th September will be filled from the same categories – racehorse owners, Annual Badge Holders and hospitality bookers.
Both trials will provide important learnings for British Racing and sports events in general to use as part of a future return of spectators to venues.
Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, said:
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming a number of Annual Members to the racecourse on Monday as well as customers in our restaurant and hospitality areas.
“Over the last few months we’ve worked hard to develop a robust plan for the event that ensures that those attending will have an experience that meets the most stringent of health and safety measures.
“I’d like to thank the range of local stakeholders we have held constructive discussions with to achieve this outcome.
“We have followed their requirements and made concessions to our original plan to significantly limit the number of people at the racecourse, but we will still gain very helpful insights from those who do attend and understand and appreciate the complexities facing those who were involved in making this decision.”
Emily van de Venter, Associate Director of Public Health at Warwickshire County Council, said:
“I’m very grateful for all the work that has gone into ensuring the event runs in the safest possible way for all involved and look forward to hearing feedback following the event itself.”