The New York Racing Association to Accept Reservations for Limited Number of Picnic Tables on Travers Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. today announced that 130 picnic tables out of the 800 located in the backyard of Saratoga Race Course will be set aside for reserved seating on Travers Day, Saturday, August 23.

Travers Day picnic tables are available for reservation at $100 per table. Tables will go on sale on Wednesday, August 13.

While this year marks an increase in the number of picnic tables available for advance reservation since the program was first introduced five years ago, as many as 670 tables will be accessible at no cost for guests on a first-come, first-served basis – more than ever before. The increased availability is the result of an additional 200 picnic tables on the grounds, which were installed at the beginning of the 2014 meet as part of a $1.9 million capital investment into Saratoga.

“Our Travers tables initiative is designed to add convenience for fans who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to reserve a coveted picnic table on the biggest day of the Saratoga season,” said the New York Racing Association Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “At the same time, we will have a record number of open tables available for our guests. This year’s Travers is certain to be a highlight of the summer meet at Saratoga and will only be enhanced as a result of our off-season capital improvement program.”

The Travers Day tables will be located in a reserved section in the backyard adjacent to the Paddock and Big Red Spring. Tables are limited to a maximum of six people. Table price does not include the cost of general admission. Tables cannot be transferred or resold. No pop-up tents or additional chairs or tables will be permitted in the reserved area.

Guests will be able to pick up their registration packet containing six wristbands at the Reserved Seats Box Office at Saratoga Race Course beginning Wednesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 23. The packet must be picked up by the person who paid for the table. Photo identification will be required.

Reservations for Travers Day picnic tables can be made by phone at 844-NYRATIX; via email at [email protected]; or in person at the Reserved Seats Box Office at Saratoga Race Course.

The Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers was first run in 1864 and today is the oldest major stakes race in the country for three-year-olds. Gates open at 7 a.m. on Travers Day with a special first post time of 11:35 a.m.

For more information about how to reserve a table on Travers Day and a complete set of rules and regulations, please visit

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