Tailgating, 'Selfie Sticks' Out at Belmont S.

Policies aim to improve safety of fans, horses, horsemen, and employees.

The New York Racing Association on April 28 outlined enhanced security protocols for fans attending the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at Belmont Park.

This year's festival, highlighted by the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6, will feature new regulations designed to further enhance the safety and security of guests, NYRA said in a release. Changes for these two days include prohibitions against the use of "selfie sticks", drones, and all radio-controlled aircraft. Tailgating will also be prohibited in parking lots, with all items brought into Belmont's grandstand, clubhouse, or backyard included in a clear plastic bag for enhanced screening. 

"With tens of thousands of horseplayers and racing fans from around the world joining us for this exciting, festival of championship racing, premium entertainment and world-class hospitality, we are taking additional steps to further ensure the safety and security of our guests throughout this mega event," said NYRA vice president of security George Venizelos.  

"The safety of our guests, our equine athletes, our horsemen, and horsewomen and all of our employees is our top priority; to that end, we are working collaboratively with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners as we further enhance our security operations in preparation for this special celebration of New York racing."

Changes made to the Belmont Stakes security policy are designed to enhance the safety of guests, in addition to further expedite entry and exit from the property, NYRA said. They mirror protocols enacted at many venues around the country, including other Thoroughbred racing track. A full list of prohibited and permitted items accompanies this release and can be reviewed at BelmontStakes.com.