SARATOGA SPRINGS — There will be additional green space at Saratoga Race Course this summer with the elimination of a long-standing hospitality tent alongside the paddock.
The 240-square feet of picnic space will be restored prior to the start of the 2020 summer meet, offering fans an unimpeded view of the historic Saratoga paddock, according to a statement issued by the New York Racing Association this week. The Paddock Tent had been a fixture at Saratoga for more than a decade.
"A great deal of what makes Saratoga so special is the ability to see both the horses and jockeys up close. We are removing the Paddock Tent in order to offer more fans the exciting opportunity to watch these incredible athletes as they parade through the paddock prior to each race," NYRA CEO and President Dave O'Rourke said, in a statement.
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation also endorsed the tent's removal. "The landscape of the paddock is a significant historic feature of the Saratoga Race Course. We are very pleased that the large tent is being removed, allowing the green space and important views of the paddock and original saddling shed to be restored," said Samantha Bosshart, executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in a statement.
Opening Day at Saratoga is Thursday, July 16 and the meet will run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Following Opening Weekend, July 16-19, racing will be conducted five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com/Saratoga.