Certainly not the only example, just the one I'm most familiar with. I think it was in 2017 that I paid something like $100 per seat, plus Ticketmaster fees, plus $40 parking (which used to be included with the tickets), only to sit behind a giant concert tent that almost completely blocked my view of the track. It has certainly felt in the past few years like racing fans are getting priced out in favor of young people who just want to drink, and who have become the main focus of the sales and marketing- similar, I would imagine, to how the other two TC legs feel. I love NY racing and I want them to succeed financially, but I also want to actually feel welcomed at the event. The magnificent card feels like the only real concession to long-term racing fans, but personally I'm starting to wonder if that will be enough to keep me going. It's a lot of money and a lot of time to spend the day getting knocked around by dead-drunk kids while repeatedly chasing them away from our seats.Somnambulist wrote: ↑Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:51 pmPeople getting wasting at sporting events isn't exclusive to NYRA. I should probably even remove sport events. Casual alcoholism is rampant. Although I read some article a few months ago about how much whiskey they drank in the 1880s... I think it came out to about 3 750ml bottles of Jack a week per person. We're slacking, I guess. At least they haven't opened up the infield.
The middle class being pushed out of events is a good topic that is never brought up. The dichotomy between any of these tracks on a big day vs. a regular one almost makes the increase in price feel offensive. I'm still waiting for NYRA to summon me for their focus groups on the Belmont reno! But really I don't really mind giving NYRA my money for the Belmont because they moved so many stakes onto that card. While I might have gone to Belmont 3-4 times during the Spring meet the money probably evens out for the Belmont alone. But, I live local and don't need to pay for a hotel.
Is this new, though? I remember reading Seabiscuit (15 years ago lol) and it routinely being mentioned how he was filling the cheap seats, which really weren't in great viewing areas. Hopefully I'm not confusing what actually was written in the book with what was said in the movie.
But racing has always been sustained by a paradox- maintained by the ultra-rich on one end and the working class on the other. And stratification is occurring across virtually every aspect of American life, not just sports. But between the above issues and the insulting treatment by Justify's connections (and, by extension, large portions of the racing media), 2018 didn't always feel like a particularly welcoming year to racing fans.