Increased Fan Security Planned on Belmont Day

Increased Fan Security Planned on Belmont Day
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The New York Racing Association has revised its security policies and procedures for fans attending the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8.

The changes, a result of heightened public security concerns in recent weeks, were developed in concert with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as well as racing and security officials in Kentucky and Maryland.

"The security of our fans, employees and athletes is paramount," said NYRA vice president of security Sidney Anthony, in a statement. "Some of these policies are new for 2013, while others will be familiar from previous years. We encourage everyone to read the information carefully to minimize inconvenience and help us ensure a fun and safe Belmont Stakes day experience for all."

All who enter Belmont Park June 8 will be subject to an electronic wand search at admission gates as well as at employee, vendor, and media entrances. All items carried into the track are subject to search by NYRA security and law enforcement partners. Searches could occur outside or inside the track's admission gates. Prohibited items confiscated during the screening process will not be held for retrieval. Tailgating is prohibited on Belmont Park grounds. Ice will be sold on the premises at minimal cost.

Below are detailed lists of banned and permitted items for Belmont Stakes Day. Changes from existing policy are denoted by bold type.

BANNED ITEMS

BUILDING AND APRON

BACKYARD

No Air Horns/Noise Makers

No Air Horns/Noise Makers

No Alcoholic Beverages

No Alcoholic Beverages

No Back Packs

No Back Packs

No Briefcases/Luggage

No Briefcases/Luggage

No Cameras with detachable lenses, or lenses more than 6" in length

No Cameras with detachable lenses, or lenses more than 6" in length

No Camcorders

No Camcorders

No Coolers

No Coolers

No Duffle Bags

No Duffle Bags

No Fireworks

No Fireworks

No Glass

No Glass

No Grills

No Grills

No Laser Lights/Pointers

No Laser Lights/Pointers

No Mace/Pepper Spray

No Mace/Pepper Spray

No Purses larger than 12" in diameter

No Purses larger than 12" in diameter

No Tents/Canopies

No Tents/Canopies

No Thermoses

No Thermoses

No Tripods

No Tripods

No Umbrellas

No Umbrellas

No Wagons/Shopping Carts/Hand Trucks

No Wagons/Shopping Carts/Hand Trucks

No Weapons

No Weapons

No Non-Folding or Folding Furniture

 

 

PERMITTED ITEMS

BUILDING AND APRON

BACKYARD

Baby/Diaper Bags (Must contain child care items and accompany a child)

Baby/Diaper Bags (Must contain child care items and accompany a child)

 

Beach Tote Bag (without interior pockets/compartments)

Beach Tote Bag (without interior pockets/compartments)

Binoculars

Binoculars

Cell/Smart Phones & Tablets (Subject to Screening)

Cell/Smart Phones & Tablets (Subject to Screening)

Food Items in clear see through plastic container or bag no larger that 18"x18", including "Box Lunches" (Limit two containers per adult, no trash bags)

Food Items/Non-Alcoholic Beverages in a clear see through plastic container no larger that 28"Lx15"Wx 17"H (Backyard area ONLY. Limit one container per adult. Non Alcoholic beverages in clear plastic containers or regular sized cans only. Patrons with these containers MUST enter through the Grandstand Paddock, Grandstand Backyard or Grandstand West Gates.)

Non Alcoholic Beverages individually carried in a plastic container or regular sized can.

Beach Blankets

Purses not larger than 12" in diameter

Purses not larger than 12" in diameter

Seat Cushion (Backless)

Seat Cushion (Backless)

Small Cameras (No detachable lenses or lens larger than 6"

Small Cameras (No detachable lenses or lens larger than 6"

Strollers (Must be carrying a child)

Strollers (Must be carrying a child)

Sunscreen (No Glass Containers)

Sunscreen (No Glass Containers)

 

Lightweight Aluminum or Plastic Folding Chairs

 

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