Updated on 09/16/2011 8:22AM

Arlington scraps tent seats


CHICAGO - Plans for a section of temporary seating at Arlington Park for the Oct. 26 World Thoroughbred Championships have been scrapped because of slow ticket sales, Breeders' Cup and Arlington Park announced Wednesday.

Trackside Village, a large tent located at the end of the backstretch in front of Arlington's Trackside OTB, no longer will be built, and holders of the approximately 200 tickets already purchased in the area will be moved into Trackside itself. Trackside Village tickets were $20, while Trackside seating tickets are $25.

Only about 10 percent of the 2,000 Trackside seats had been purchased when the change was announced.

With the tent no longer part of Arlington's renovations, the Breeders' Cup is nearly a sellout. Only about 100 Trackside seats and 100 seats in Arlington's grandstand remain, though Breeders' Cup has turned over 500 seats on the clubhouse turn for Arlington to sell on a first-come, first-served basis. Those seats, which include food from a dining tent located next to the stands, are priced at $185.