Del Mar Racing Announces Intent For Fans To Return To Track This Summer

March 16, 2021

The Del Mar Racetrack announced today it plans to allow fans back into the venue for the start of the summer racing season, beginning on Friday, July 16.

Following a 2020 season where fans were not permitted to watch horse racing at the historic racetrack, the Del Mar Thoroughbred club today announced that they plan to allow fans in the stands for the 2021 summer season. Officials made the announcement on Del Mar Racetrack's Twitter page Tuesday morning.

"We will continue to follow the guidance of local health officials and our medical advisors, but based on what has been announced for other local attractions such as the San Diego Padres and SeaWorld, we are optimistic we will have fans in the stands this summer at some level," said Del Mar president and COO Josh Rubinstein. "We have the advantages of a 350-acre site and a facility that can host people quite comfortably with appropriate social distancing as needed."

Earlier this week, the San Diego County Fair, which also hosts its annual event at the Del Mar Racetrack, announced a revised incarnation for 2021. Dubbed "Homegrown Fun", the would run from June 11 through July 4 and take place in a reduced footprint area separate from the vaccination superstation that opened in February. Homegrown Fun would have a daily capacity of about 10,000 people and offer agriculture and livestock exhibits, retail shopping, food vendors and more. 

San Diego County will transition into California's red tier of Covid-19 restrictions on March 17. At that point, indoor dining can resume at reduced capacity, as well as limited indoor operations at gyms, movie theaters, museums, places of worship, and more. Live sports and entertainment can also resume at limited capacity and under increased safety restrictions starting April 1, and at that time, amusement parks will also be able to open under new guidelines. 

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