02/21/2015 1:33PM

Belmont Stakes tickets on sale Monday; prices increase


Tickets for the June 6 Belmont Stakes will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., the New York Racing Association announced Saturday, and, unsurprisingly, there will be price increases.

Grandstand admission will cost $15, while clubhouse admission will be $40. Last year, those prices were $10 and $30. According to a NYRA press release, the increase in grandstand admission is the first since 2005.

NYRA is encouraging fans to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also will be available through the NYRA box office.

Though there are some seats that went down in price – specifically two sections in the grandstand – the majority of prices did go up. The most inexpensive grandstand seats went from $20 to $30, but this year it does include the price of admission. Those seats are above the eighth pole.

This year, NYRA is building up the Friday before the Belmont Stakes, running five stakes races on that card. Therefore, seats in the second and third floors of the clubhouse are priced for two days. Third-floor clubhouse seats that last year cost $80 to $140 are now priced at $115 to $205, with admission price included.

Grandstand and clubhouse admission prices for Friday’s card have not been set. Last year, it was $5.

Box seats that cost $300 last year for Belmont Day cost $400 this year for June 5-6.

NYRA again will be offering premium packages such as the Champagne Room, the price of which went up from $300 to $400. Garden Terrace prices that were $375 to $450 last year will be priced at $500 to $550 this year.

A complete list of pricing should be available at NYRA.com.

NYRA is hosting a post-Belmont Stakes concert but did not reveal which act would be performing. NYRA officials hope that the concert will help stagger the departure of the crowd.

Last year, when attendance for Belmont Day was announced at 102,199, there were a multitude of problems for fans trying to leave Belmont Park following the races. One of the main problems dealt with the Long Island Rail Road, which was inept getting trains in and out of the track.

This year, NYRA and the LIRR worked on a plan to alleviate the issue, including upgrading station platforms that will increase train capacity at the track to 10 cars from eight.

"The LIRR is on schedule with construction of new, modernized station platforms and operational changes that will double the number of trains that can run to the track on Belmont Stakes Day and increase train capacity from eight to 10 cars," said LIRR president Patrick A. Nowakowski. "We look forward to significant service improvements for customers riding to and from this great event."

In hopes of addressing other problems from last year, NYRA announced that it will be increasing cellphone and wireless capacity as well as adding additional concession stations and adding more walk-around vendors to sell beer and water.