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Belmont Stakes tickets selling fast at first chance

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) -February 15 was the first day to buy tickets for the Belmont Stakes being held for the first time in Saratoga Springs. Only certain general admission passes are left as the premium options quickly sold out.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) expects what’s left of tickets to go fast. It’s not just the track and local businesses getting ready for the huge crowds. 

“We are well into the planning process and I have full confidence in our command staff here, the members of this department, that we can effectively implement a safe plan,” stated Saratoga Springs Police Chief, Tyler McIntosh.

Saratoga PD is working with several other agencies from the FBI to local fire departments with safety as their goal. Chief McIntosh said as the Spa City is well known for the popularity of their race course, an extra long weekend of festivities is nothing they can’t handle.

“It’s really like a twelve-month cycle. We’re already planning for the next one. Using the Travers safety plan as a foundation for the Belmont and then expanding upon that with our law enforcement.”

Tourists as well as new employees are welcome. NYRA will host a job fair on Wednesday, February 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the 1863 Club. A variety of titles from security to server are available.

The Belmont Stakes will be held Upstate due to construction at Belmont Park on Long Island. President of Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Todd Shimkus, said $450 million is going into the park and Saratoga is looking forward to making a grand impression on the fans making the trip here.

“This is a once, maybe twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Saratoga Springs. My lord, if there is a triple crown opportunity on the line at Saratoga this year, this entire community is going to be buzzing,” explained Shimkus.

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