Author: Alyssa Ali

Earlier today, the Illinois Racing Board awarded Arlington International Racecourse with race dates for 2021. The schedule consists of 68 live race days in the spring and summer, with opening weekend featuring the Kentucky Oaks (April 30, 2021) and the Kentucky Derby (May 1, 2021), and will conclude on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  The schedule includes racing and entertainment on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the return of the July Fourth Independence Day celebration and the Festival of Racing.

Arlington International Racecourse President, Tony Petrillo, is enthusiastic about continuing Arlington’s traditions in 2021.  “This will be our 94th year of operation and Arlington remains committed to fans, guests, bettors, horsemen/horsewomen, and the community. We look forward to showcasing the renowned Arlington Experience in 2021, featuring our beautiful facility and providing race fans with the opportunity to wager on quality races along with a slate of graded stakes races.”

The meet will host many of the graded stakes races that were placed on hiatus in 2020 and will feature a festival of stakes races for Illinois horses, featuring the Bruce D. Stakes, Beverly D. Stakes, and the newly renamed Arlington Million: “Mister D. Stakes”.

Racing for the 2020 season continues Thursday through Saturday now until September 26.

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An approved plan to allow a limited number of spectators into the outdoor areas of the facility on race days in September went on-sale today at 12pm.  Within thirty minutes, tickets for Derby Day, this Saturday September 5, were sold out; Kentucky Oaks Day (Friday, September 4) and the three other Saturday race dates sold out within an hour.  Some tickets remain available for Thursdays and Fridays through September 25, which can be purchased online at arlingtonpark.com/tickets.

Tony Petrillo, Arlington International Racecourse President, is happy to be able to open the facility to fans of the track.  “We’re very pleased with the velocity in ticket sales.  Our motivation and inspiration to open to spectators came from the voices of our loyal guests and the community.  We are very grateful for the support and assistance of local and State health officials to get to this point.  Much of our operation has changed, but the beauty, ambiance, and service of the “Arlington Experience” remains at the same level of quality as everyone has known.”

Limited spectators (300 or less) are permitted to enjoy live racing Thursdays-Saturdays September 3 through September 26 in outdoor seating options.  Some changes in a visit to the track include that all tickets must be pre-purchased online at least 24 hours in advance and are limited to adults 18 and older, children seventeen and under will not be permitted access to the facility. All guests must wear a mask at all times unless they are consuming food or beverage in their seat.  Staggered entry and arrival times will be issued to each set of ticket holders to limit queuing lines and to assist patrons in maintaining social distancing as they enter the facility.  No coolers or outdoor food and beverage will be allowed.  The full set of health and safety guidelines and facility restrictions can be viewed on Arlington’s website.

All inquiries in regards to tickets, seating options, and pricing will only be available online on arlingtonpark.com.

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Beginning Thursday, September 3, Arlington is able to host limited spectators on-site.  Despite this, it does not change the “essential” designation of a trainer as under the Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 protocols that were approved by the Governor’s office, that dictates access to the Paddock and Winner’s Circle for their race only (one trainer and one groom per horse). Horsemen and women do not fall under the limited spectator plan for outdoor table seating unless a reserved seat ticket is purchased on-line.

Beginning Thursday, September 3, Arlington is able to host limited spectators on-site.  Despite this, it does not change the “non-essential” designation of an owner as under the Department of Agriculture’s COVID-19 protocols that were approved by the Governor’s office, that dictate no access to the Paddock or Winner’s Circle.  However, currently under Arlington’s approved plan for spectators, there are two options for an owner attending the races.

First, owners can choose to purchase tickets along with spectators beginning Tuesday, September 1 at 12pm OR, as a free option, under the spectator plan on a limited basis, up to three owners licensed by the Illinois Racing Board with an ownership interest of a horse participating in a race can register for the RACE-N-GO option.  Separate owner registrations per horse will not be accepted; one owner will register him or herself and up to two others.  To take advantage of this option, owners must reserve their viewing spot by registering online. Spots must be reserved by 5 pm the day prior to race day.

To gain entry to the facility on race day, owners who have registered online will have their name placed on a facility access list, which will be present at the information booth at the West Marquee entrance admission gate. All attendees should enter through the Euclid Ave. gate and park in Lot B.  Owners will need their 2020 owner’s license issued by the Illinois Racing Board.  Upon registration, each owner will have access to a designated area solely for owners on the second floor of the grandstand seating.  A saddle towel indicating your horse’s post position will mark each owner’s seat.

These special accommodations are conditioned upon each owner complying with and observing the following:

  • All owners must make reservations online.
  • Individuals entering the facility must have in their possession a valid 2020 owner’s license issued by the Illinois Racing Board.
  • Enter from the Euclid Ave. entrance and park in Lot B.
  • Enter the West Marquee entrance admission gate and check-in at the information desk immediately inside the entrance.
  • Wear a wristband indicating access to the viewing area.
  • The viewing area is outdoors on the second floor of the grandstand via an exterior staircase.  Each viewing section is marked with a saddle towel.  Owners should proceed to the saddle towel of the post position of their horse.  The exit is separate from the entrance and located at the end of the last saddle towel.  Both the entrance and exits are marked accordingly.
  • Seating is available for 15 minutes prior to post until the race is official, after which time, owners should exit the facility.

Cooperation in adhering to these guidelines and procedures is necessary to continue with this RACE & GO viewing program.

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Q: What dates can I purchase tickets for?
A: September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26.

Q: Can I tailgate in the parking lot?
A: No, tailgating is not permitted.

Q: When do tickets go on-sale?
A: September 1 at 12pm.  Online only.

Q: Can my child come?
A: No, guests must at least be 18 year of age.  No children or infants will be permitted.

Q: Can I buy tickets day of?
A: No, all ticket sales will be cut off 24 hours (2:05pm) before each race day.  Tickets must be pre-purchased online.

Q: Can I buy tickets at the Box Office?
A: No, the Box Office is closed and all tickets need to be purchased online.

Q: How do I get and show my ticket once it is purchased?
A: All tickets will be available through your ticket account. No tickets will be emailed or printed, only mobile tickets located in your tickets.com account will be accepted.  Click here to access your account.

Q: How do I get a refund for a ticket purchased for the new 2020 spectator days?
A: All sales are final and there will be no refunds or exchanges.

Q: Where do I park and enter?
A: All guests must enter at Euclid Ave and proceed to Lot B which is adjacent to the Clubhouse entrance and West Marquee gate. There will be no preferred or valet parking.

Q: When am I required to wear my mask?
A: All guests must wear a mask at all times unless they are consuming food or beverage in their seat.

Q: What time does the first race start? How many races are there?
A: The first race starts at 2pm and there are typically 8 races per day.

Q: When do gates open?
A: In order to reduce a one-time rush, there will be a tiered entry system. Guests must be at the new far West entrance within the designated time frame. No entry permitted after 3:30pm. T-Time 1:00pm-1:30pm: Mr. D’s Canopy Section, Homestretch Canopy Section, and Winner’s Circle Canopy Section; T-Time 1:30pm-2:00pm: Terrace Café, Terrace Annex, Finish Line Canopy Section

Q: I’m coming with other people, do we all have to arrive at the same time?
A: Yes! Upon entry, you must be with your group/pod together.  There is no Will Call available.  We will scan the purchaser’s phone for the group’s tickets at one time.

Q: What ticket options are available? How much do tickets cost?
A: Tickets are sold in sets of four at a designated table. Pricing includes admission, parking and an Arlington racing program.  Dining reservations and box seats are not available in 2020.

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday (Except Derby Day):
    • Terrace Café $120 per table (seats up to 4)
    • Terrace Annex $100 per table (seats up to 4)
    • Canopy Table $120 per table (seats up to 4)
  • Derby Day (September 5):
    • Terrace Café $300 per table (seats up to 4)
    • Terrace Annex $250 per table (seats up to 4)
    • Canopy Table $300 per table (seats up to 4)

Q: Can I see the horses in the Paddock or walk around the facility?
A: No, guests are permitted on the track-facing outdoor apron level only.

Q: Is the Terrace Cafe functioning as a full service restaurant in 2020?
A: No, there is no restaurant or service in the Terrace Cafe or Canopy Tables.  Food and beverage can be purchased at designated outdoor locations on the main level.

Q: Are there any indoor dining options available?
A: There is no indoor dining and no restaurants are open. The Terrace Cafe (nor any Canopy Tables) will not be functioning as a full service restaurant. Food and Beverage can be purchased at one of our Grab & Go Portables outside on the main level.  Million Room, Cowboy Grille, Cobey’s Food Court, Arlington Apparel, Mr. D’s Sports Bar are all closed.

Q: Where are the Canopy Tables and Terrace Cafe located?
A: The Canopy Tables and Terrace Cafe are both on the main outdoor level of the facility.

Q: What can I go inside for?
A: Access to the building is only to be used for first floor restrooms and wagering. There should be no congregating.

Q: I’m having trouble logging onto my ticketing account, what do I do?
A: If you are having trouble logging onto your account please try resetting your password. If you have never purchased tickets online, but have placed an order over the phone and your email is on file, the system may recognize you as having an account and you will need to reset your password in order to login.

Q: Will there be any special events?
A: There will be no special events or promotions in 2020.

Q: How do I make my wagers?
A: Wagering is self-service only. Live mutuel clerks will be limited and restricted to $50 minimum wagers and cashing of tickets.  Wagers should be made through the self-service, cash accepting machines.  Skip the line and stay in your saddle by wagering on FastBet Mobile or Twinspires.com on your mobile device.

Q: What can I bring with me?
A: Each guest can bring one personal item (ex. a purse).  No food and beverage is permitted.

Q: I originally purchased tickets for Derby Day at Arlington in March.  Are these tickets valid?
A: No, any pre-purchased Derby Day tickets prior to September 1, 2020 are not valid.  These tickets were fully refunded to the purchaser’s credit card in June.

Q: Where is handicap parking and drop off areas? Will there be wheelchair service?
A: There will be an appropriate number of parking spaces designated for guests with vehicles that display the handicapped credential.  Guests can also be dropped off near the West Marquee entrance for easy access to the facility. Due to COVID-19 protocols, there will be no wheelchair service from Arlington.

 

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A plan submitted by Arlington International Racecourse to allow a limited number of spectators into the outdoor areas of the facility on race days, was approved by the Arlington Heights Department of Health and Human Services, the Cook County Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier today.  The plan will be in full operation on Thursday, September 3, just in time for Illinoisans to enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, September 5.

Arlington International Racecourse President, Tony Petrillo, is confident in the plan to utilize Arlington’s outdoor facility. “Wearing masks and social distancing behaviors that have been adopted by the public, along with additional measures incorporated into our plan for spectators, allows us to have a safe environment for everyone in our outdoor grandstand facility.  We are confident that we will operate our grandstand facility as safely as we have operated in our backstretch and Trackside facilities over the past few months. We are thankful for the cooperation and assistance of local and State officials who helped develop and approve our plan.”

Limited spectators (300 or less) are permitted to enjoy live racing Thursdays-Saturdays September 3 through September 26 in outdoor seating options.  Some changes in a visit to the track include that all tickets must be pre-purchased online at least 24 hours in advance and are limited to adults 18 and older, children seventeen and under will not be permitted access to the facility. All guests must wear a mask at all times unless they are consuming food or beverage in their seat.  Staggered entry and arrival times will be issued to each set of ticket holders to limit queuing lines and to assist patrons in maintaining social distancing as they enter the facility.  No coolers or outdoor food and beverage will be allowed.  The full set of health and safety guidelines and facility restrictions can be viewed on Arlington’s website at arlingtonpark.com/tickets/policies-restrictions/.

Tickets are scheduled to go on-sale Tuesday, September 1 at 12pm and are sold in sets of four at a designated table. All inquiries in regards to purchasing tickets, seating options, and pricing will only be available on Arlington’s website – arlingtonpark.com/tickets.

There is no indoor dining and no restaurants are open. The Terrace Cafe (nor any Canopy Tables) will not be functioning as a full service restaurant. Food and Beverage can be purchased at one of our Grab & Go Portables outside on the main level.

  • Canned Cocktails
    • Canned Cocktails
    • Vizzy Pineapple Mango
    • White Claw Black Cherry Grapefruit
    • Spiked Arnold Palmer
  • Canned 16oz Beer
    • Bluemoon Light Sky
    • Summer Shandy
    • Peroni
    • Miller Lite
    • Coors Light
    • Bud Light
  • Wine
    • Red
    • White
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks – 20oz Bottles
    • Pepsi
    • Diet Pepsi
    • Sierra Mist
    • Water
  • Food Options
    • Hot Dog
    • Bratwurst
    • Cheeseburger
    • Veggie Pack w/ Hummus
    • Garden Mix Salad
    • Turkey Cranberry Wrap
    • Candy
    • Chips

*All food served wrapped or pre-packed with individual condiments.

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Parking is available in Lot B – this is the only designated parking lot for spectators. All guests must enter off of Euclid Ave. and proceed to Lot B which is adjacent to the Clubhouse entrance and West Marquee entrance.

A third party vendor will relocate all vehicles parked in unauthorized areas and all associated fees to return the vehicle are the owner’s responsibility.

There will be no preferred or valet parking.

There will be an appropriate number of parking spaces designated for guests with vehicles that display the handicapped credential.

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Please read the arrival information for your 2020 Arlington Experience carefully!

  • First race post time is at 2pm each day.
  • In order to reduce a one-time rush, there will be a tiered entry system. Guests must be at the new far West entrance within the designated time frame. No entry permitted after 3:30pm.
    • T-Time 1:00pm-1:30pm: Mr. D’s Canopy Section, Homestretch Canopy Section, and Winner’s Circle Canopy Section
    • T-Time 1:30pm-2:00pm: Terrace Café, Terrace Annex, Finish Line Canopy Section
  • Upon entry, guests must be with their group/pod together. The purchaser’s phone will be scanned for the entire group’s tickets at one time.
  • There is no Will Call available.
  • Upon entry, mobile tickets from guest’s account will be scanned and guests will be directed down a marked path to check in to receive an Arlington Program marked with ticket location information that must be carried at all times.  All guests must display the sticker associated with their designated seat at all times.
  • There will be no re-entry upon leaving. Guests leaving the facility or through the exit will NOT be permitted to return.

Limited spectator tickets are available for Thursday-Saturday September 3-September 26 (2pm first race post time). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 1 at 12pm!

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Very limited availability. Availability varies by date.

Important Ticketing Information – Please Read: 

  • Online ticket sales only, all ticket sales will be made online.
  • Tickets are sold in sets of 4 at a designated table. All table purchases include parking, General Admission, and Arlington Program for each guest. Additional guests cannot be added to a table once the transaction is completed.
  • If purchasing multiple tickets in a venue with tables (Terrace Café or Canopy) you must add each table and guest count to the cart then click continue shopping to add another table. Tables will not be moved to accommodate larger parties with multiple table purchases due to social distancing policies.
  • Canopy Table locations are assigned by purchase date.
  • When selecting a Terrace Café table from the map look for the change in your curser from an arrow for unavailable tables, to a hand for tables that can be selected. Once a table is selected enter the number of guests and proceed to checkout.  There is no indoor dining and no restaurants are open.  The Terrace Cafe will not be functioning as a full service restaurant in 2020. Food and beverage can be purchased at designated outdoor locations on the main level.
  • Mobile tickets only, no tickets will be emailed or printed, only mobile tickets located in tickets.com accounts will be accepted. All tickets will be available through on-line ticket accounts.
  • Advanced ticket sales only, no day of ticket sales. All ticket sales will be cut off 24 hours (2:05pm) before the first post-time of each race day.
  • Adults only, all guests must be at least 18 years old, no children will be allowed
  • No on-site ticket holds or pick up. The Box Office will not be open.
  • All sales are final and there will be no refunds or exchanges.