The New York Racing Association will introduce free wireless internet on opening day at Saratoga Race Course July 20.
The new Wi-Fi network will provide Internet access in all public areas at the historic track. The network will have high capacity to serve patrons each day of the meet.
“Our Wi-Fi network introduces a new FastBet Mobile platform for on-track wagering at Saratoga Race Course,” said NYRA President and COO Ellen McClain. “We are excited to provide this additional convenience for fans who wish to place wagers on mobile devices through one of the most advanced wireless networks available. We also encourage track patrons to utilize our network to engage in social media activities by sharing their day at the race experience with friends and family.”
The network features advanced wireless equipment and includes as many as 50 indoor and outdoor wireless access points. It is designed to support handheld devices, smart phones, and tablets used by track patrons.
Patrons will be able to use the new Wi-Fi network to link to United Tote’s FastBet Mobile, a wagering application available exclusively on-track and designed for use on smart phones and tablets, including iPhones, iPads, and most Android based tablets and phones.
To use the application, NYRA Cash Cards will be available and can be loaded at any voucher window throughout the track. Further deposits, and any withdrawals, can be made at any window. Patrons may then access the FastBet page via the new Wi-Fi network with their device. Patrons enter the card’s account number and pin into FastBet to begin wagering. Once finished, patrons can choose to keep their account balance on their NYRA Cash Card or cash out at any teller window.
The wireless network will also enable patrons to access their NYRA Rewards account over the internet. NYRA Rewards offers users the opportunity to review entries, live odds, race results, and place wagers on the entire NYRA simulcast menu while receiving the highest rebates in the industry. Registration is free and available to users of BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, and Windows and Java-based devices. For more information, visit www.nyrarewards.com.
The Wi-Fi network will be available free of charge to track patrons through Labor Day Sept. 3.