It will cost $2 to leave infield at Preakness

April 14, 1991|By Marty McGee

If you've received Preakness tickets in the mail, you've als received an insert telling you that it will cost $2 every time you leave the infield.

For the second year, officials at Pimlico Race Course are trying to restrict infield traffic. Grandstand general admission and infield admission are both $12 for the May 18 Preakness, but crisscrossing will cost extra.

"It's basically one-way to the infield," said Jim Mango, track vice president. "You can go in, but it will cost an extra $2 every time you leave.

"We're using the policy because we now have seating all the way down the grandstand apron to the infield entrance. The $2 is basically a deterrent to traffic and to make things more convenient for those with seating. If people think it's because we want to make more money, that's wrong, because it's costing me more than that just for security and staffing."

Mango said that the same policy was in effect for last year's Preakness, but it was not well-publicized before the race.

Preakness infield admission has been increased by $2 this year. Other increases: Sports Palace reserved, from $125 to $135; LTC upper box seats, from $80 to $100; and lower box seats, from $100 to $110.

Mango said there are a sizable number of apron seats remaining and just a few reserved boxes.

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