Limited tickets for Royal Ascot to go on sale on Friday after Government confirms 12,000-strong crowd to be allowed each day at next month’s meeting as part of list of pilot events
- Royal Ascot had originally been planning for an attendance of 4,000 a day
- The new figure will allow those who rolled over 2020 bookings to be welcomed
- But the number will still be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000
A limited number of royal enclosure and general admission tickets for Royal Ascot will be available from Friday after the crowd limit for next month’s meeting was increased to 12,000-a-day.
The move came as the biggest meeting of the Flat season, which starts on June 15, was added to the list of pilot events taking place before the possible lifting of all measures to curtail the covid-19 pandemic on June 21.
Ascot had been planning for an attendance of 4,000 a day. The new figure will allow all those who rolled over 2020 bookings to be accommodated with a ‘material but not significant’ number of tickets left over, according to a track spokesperson.
A limited number of tickets for Royal Ascot will be available from Friday ahead of next month’s meeting
It comes after the Government increased the crowd limit at Royal Ascot to 12,000-a-day
The number of spectators will be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000 over the five days but the increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, whose 73 royal meeting victories have only been bettered by Lester Piggott (116).
Dettori, who was leading rider at the royal meeting for the seventh time last year, said: ‘There’s nothing better than Royal Ascot with people. I know it’s not 60,000 (a day) but it’s better than what we thought.
‘Last year I was leading rider at Royal Ascot and won three Group Ones, including the Gold Cup. To have nobody there to see any of that, it was like someone had cut my arm off.
‘Those are the biggest races we’ve got here and I won them in front of empty grandstands. It goes without saying it wasn’t the same.’
The increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, who has 73 royal meeting victories