Business is expected to be brisk at 9am on Friday morning when tickets go on sale for Doncaster’s St Leger Festival from 9 to 12 September – the first race meeting with paying spectators for nearly six months. In all, around 24,000 spectators are expected over the four-day festival, fewer than half of the 54,000 who attended 12 months ago, and while many fans will just be happy to get back on a track, it promises to be far removed from the familiar race day experience. Like Goodwood, where a proposed pilot with 5,000 spectators was cancelled at the last minute earlier this month, racegoers at Doncaster next month will be allocated a zone at the track and must not stray beyond its boundaries, to reduce the opportunities for spectators to mingle. Unlike Goodwood, which had planned to use up to seven zones for the paying public, Doncaster will have just two main areas for racegoers, in addition to hospitality areas and boxes which will be open but with reduced capacity. One zone will be on and around the ‘champagne lawn’ just past the winning post, with the other in the centre of the course. Racegoers will be required to… Read full this story
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