Belmont Park

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Rags to Riches, riden by John Velzquez (L), crosses the finish line ahead of Curlin, riden by Robby Albarado, during the 139th Belmont Stakes June 9, 2007 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Rags to Riches would go on to be the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Belmont Park is a 430-acre racetrack located in Elmont, New York. It includes the world’s longest dirt track, at 1½ miles – the exact distance over which the Belmont Stakes is run. Two turf courses, known as the Widener Turf Course and the Inner Turf Course, run along the inside of the dirt track.

Belmont Park hosts two annual race meetings – a spring/summer meeting from April 30 to July 20, and a fall championship meeting from 5 September to 26 October. In addition to the Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park hosts the grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and the grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap.

For most race meetings, Belmont Park offers two categories of admission. Tickets for grandstand admission cost $2, and Clubhouse admission costs $5. Belmont Stakes tickets, however, are awarded based on a lottery system because of the huge popularity of the race.

Grandstand and Seating

In 1963, the original Belmont Park grandstand was torn down and reconstruction of a new grandstand began. Designed by Arthur Froehlich and built at a cost of $30.7 million, the new grandstand was opened in 1968.

Today’s Belmont Park can accommodate up to 90,000 race spectators, with grandstand seating for 32,941. It also boasts trackside dining for up to 2,300 guests at a time, and parking for 18,500 cars. For details, see Belmont Park facilities.

Landscaping

Belmont Park is known for its beautiful landscaping, with huge, attractive trees and an infield that features two lakes. Its paddock area, which is a popular picnic site for race-goers, is dominated by a white pine that’s over 180 years old. An image of this pine forms part of the Belmont Park corporate logo.

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