Saratoga to Offer Portable Luxury Suites

Saratoga Race Course will introduce five portable luxury suites for the 2003 summer meet for corporate and private outings, officials with The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday.

The modular sky boxes will offer unparalleled views without altering the structural and architectural makeup of the Spa.

The temporary suites have been used for years at high-profile golf, football, auto racing, equestrian competitions, outdoor concerts. Belmont Park used them for the Belmont Stakes, as did Churchill Downs for its spring and fall meets.

"This is the ideal time to introduce luxury suites at Saratoga, given the unprecedented level of excitement and enthusiasm that the sport of Thoroughbred racing has recently generated," said NYRA senior vice president Bill Nader. "These transportable suites will allow us to tap into some outstanding new, revenue opportunities and meet the demand for luxury seating without compromising the history, charm and elegance of Saratoga Race Course."

The suites will be open to the public for viewing during the Spa's open house on July 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the New York Racing Association, Open House is free to the public and features a family-friendly array of activities, highlighted by the traditional Newman E. Wait, Jr. Trials.

The five luxury suites at Saratoga Race Course will be available for the entire 36-day meet, beginning on opening day July 23. The suites will be located next to the At the Rail Pavilion, extending along the clubhouse turn.

For more information, contact Jerry Davis, NYRA's director of admissions and parking, at (516) 488-6000 through July 19, and at (518) 584-6200 beginning July 20.

The 2003 Saratoga racing season runs daily, except Tuesdays, through Labor Day, Sept. 1.