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 www.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 – www.arlingtonpark.com/tickets.