The price of luxury: $250 a seat

Temporary section added

future expansion possible

May 18, 2002|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Pimlico Race Course has never been known for its high-end luxury seating, but this year a temporary section of $250 seats across the track from the grandstand was added.

The seats, known as the Turfside Terrace, are the costliest at the track and come with a buffet picnic lunch, parking and separate betting and restrooms.

"I think they are going to be the best seats in the house. You can just about reach out and touch the horses," said Karin De Francis, vice president of public relations and marketing for Pimlico.

The next most expensive seats are clubhouse box, which cost $105 and are good for both Preakness and yesterday's Black-eyed Susan race days. Indoor grandstand tickets cost $90.

The last of the 516 Turfside Terrace seats were sold this week, De Francis said. The track is considering expanding the section in future years.

"We wanted to take baby steps this year," she said.

A tote board displaying odds and betting formerly occupied the space where the Terrace seats were constructed. A video screen replaced the tote board this year.

De Francis said the new seats should not interfere with the view of the backstretch for grandstand and clubhouse patrons because the Terrace's top row is only four feet higher than the old tote board.

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