Season pass and season ticket plan holders to benefit from new Saratoga Season Perks program, guaranteed premium giveaways

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced full-season ticket plans, season admission passes, dining reservations and group sales packages for the 2016 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, March 28 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Fans who are interested in purchasing reserved seats for the full 40-day season may do so beginning Monday, March 28. Weekly reserved seat packages will go on sale beginning Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. EDT. Full-season and week-long plans will be available for purchase online through NYRA AccountManagerutilizing the all-new Saratoga Virtual Venue seating map, enabling fans to digitally preview their seat location and sightlines before purchasing tickets.

Daily reserved seats may be purchased through beginning Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. EDT.

All tickets to new subscribers will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis (according to available inventory). Full-season ticket plan holders from 2015 will be contacted directly and have the opportunity to renew their seat locations through NYRA AccountManager beginning today through March 25 in advance of the general public.

All reserved seats purchased in advance include admission. Full-season plans include 40 days of admission based on the cost of a season pass.

“Saratoga Race Course is not only home to the premier race meet in North America, but we are also honored to host the most enthusiastic fans in racing each summer. The 2015 meet was one to remember and we are excited as we look ahead to what we expect to be a truly outstanding 148th racing season at the Spa,” said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. “We look forward to welcoming back the fans, owners, trainers and jockeys who contribute to the exciting atmosphere surrounding 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing and entertainment at Saratoga Race Course.”

2016 season to feature expanded Saratoga Season Perks program with exclusive offers and discounts for season pass and season ticket plan holders

Saratoga season passes for fans who are interested in season-long Grandstand and Clubhouse admission will go on sale beginning Monday, March 28 through NYRA AccountManager. The costs for 2016 passes will be the same as last year with a Grandstand season pass at $35 and a Clubhouse season pass being $55. Season passes do not include reserved seating.

A season pass provides fans with admission to 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course, including the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on Saturday, August 27 and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney on Saturday, August 6. Season passes are valid for one admission.

The 2016 meet will mark the first time that season pass and full-season plan holders will be guaranteed a Saratoga premium giveaway on the day of the giveaway, so long as they are in attendance at Saratoga Race Course and redeem the giveaway item by 3 p.m. Redemptions will begin when gates open to the general public.

“Our enhanced Saratoga Season Perks program is being designed to reward our most loyal fans who wish to enjoy 40 days of thoroughbred racing and entertainment at a savings of more than 80 percent. In addition, the New York Racing Association will be guaranteeing our season pass and season ticket plan holders one of our highly coveted, premium Saratoga giveaways during the 2016 meet,” said New York Racing Association Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “We are also proud to introduce an array of new incentives, discounts and special offers that will further augment the value of a season pass while enhancing the relationship between NYRA and the local business, arts and entertainment community.”

Saratoga season pass and season plan holders will receive a 10 percent savings with an activated season pass beginning June 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017 to select New York Racing Association partners, including:

  • Participating Saratoga Downtown Business Association members, including various retail and restaurant locations;
  • Select classical series performances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater engagements and full-priced amphitheater seats to evening performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet (excluding the Gala Fundraiser);
  • Tri-City ValleyCats home baseball games, the New York-Penn League affiliate of the Houston Astros;
  • Select New York mountains and ski resorts, including Belleayre, Catamount, Gore, Plattekill and Whiteface during the 2016-17 winter season;
  • Siena College men’s and women’s home basketball games during the 2016-17 season.

Saratoga season pass and season plan holders will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a robust offering of benefits on-track during the 2016 season, including:

  • Numerous discounts to Saratoga Race Course food, beverage and merchandise vendors expanding upon the program initiated in 2015;
  • All-new for 2016, access to a special pre-sale for individual Saratoga Race Course reserved seat tickets.

A season pass must be activated in order to receive Saratoga Season Perks discounts and incentives. Season pass holders are required to provide a photo in order to activate their season pass. Activation instructions, including information on how to upload a digital photo, are available at

The list of special incentives, deals and discounts will be available at and continually updated.

“The Saratoga Downtown Business Association is thrilled to partner with the New York Racing Association on this exciting new initiative, which encourages year-round consumer activity in the city,” said Maddy Zanetti, vice-president of the Saratoga Downtown Business Association. “Saratoga Race Course and the downtown business community are vital contributors to the ongoing success of Saratoga Springs. We look forward to welcoming loyal racing fans to enjoy the shops, eateries and attractions that make Saratoga so special.”

Dining and group hospitality reservations for 2016 Saratoga Race Course season

Fans interested in securing a reservation at one of Saratoga Race Course’s restaurants during the 2016 season will have the opportunity to do so beginning Monday, March 28 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Dining reservations at the Turf Terrace, Club Terrace and the Porch will be available by phone at (888) 516-6972. Reservations are based on availability and are non-transferable. Seating charge payment is required upon reservation; seating charges are final and non-refundable.

Additionally, full hospitality space bookings for Saratoga Race Course are currently available for the following hospitality areas: At the Rail Pavilion; Luxury Suites (whole suite rentals only); Paddock Tent; Festival Tent; Big Red Spring Tent; and Top of the Stretch. Partial hospitality space bookings will be available beginning March 28.

Group sales reservations will be available through the NYRA Box Office by phone at (844) NYRA-TIX.

For questions about reservations for the 2016 season, contact the NYRA Box Office at (844) NYRA-TIX, via email at [email protected] or online at

The 2016 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, which will feature 69 stakes worth a record $18.725 million, begins on Friday, July 22 and concludes on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, call (518) 584-6200 or visit

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