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Spectator capability at Cheltenham shall be capped at 68,500 individuals per day forthe 4 days...

Spectator capability at Cheltenham shall be capped at 68,500 individuals per day for
the 4 days of the 2023 Pageant in a transfer to boost the expertise of
racegoers attending, the Jockey Membership has introduced.

This yr’s Pageant attracted a report mixture attendance of 280,627, together with report particular person attendances for each Thursday (73,754) and Friday (73,875).

As a part of planning subsequent yr’s occasion, the Jockey Membership mentioned it had gathered and reviewed suggestions from racegoers and contributors about their expertise, and whereas the suggestions was “very optimistic in direction of the world-class sport on supply and the excessive requirements of amenities at Cheltenham… it was additionally clear that many wished to see decreased spectator numbers to ease motion across the course and improve service instances”.

Ian Renton, the Jockey Membership’s managing director for Cheltenham and the West Area, mentioned: “With Covid-19 spectator restrictions lifted, the Pageant made a spectacular return in 2022, welcoming report crowds to take pleasure in an amazing environment and the perfect of soar racing.

“It was unbelievable to draw capability crowds on each Thursday and Friday to witness some good racing in superb sunshine.

Nevertheless, we’re effectively conscious that our amenities, even after important funding in recent times, are stretched at these attendance ranges.

“Regardless of the monetary implications of lowering attendance numbers, we shall be capping each day capability at 68,500 within the recognition of the significance of guaranteeing that the Pageant stays a horny and pleasing expertise for the long-term.

“Ticket gross sales for 2023 have been very brisk and I’d advise these wishing to take care of e-book as quickly as attainable to keep away from any attainable disappointment.”

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