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Old 02-05-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Changes on the way for Preakness infield

The Maryland Jockey Club is expected to announce changes today to the infield spectator experience at this year's Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.

Although Jockey Club officials declined to be specific about those plans yesterday, an invitation to today's announcement implied some changes by advertising, "Preakness Infield Fest, a new way to party."

Pictured on the invitation was a cartoon horse in jockey silks strumming a guitar while astride what appears to be a volleyball. The volleyball is emblazoned with the date of this year's Preakness, May 16.

The Preakness infield has typically featured all-day partying by tens of thousands of mostly young fans. Infield spectators have been permitted to bring their own cans of beer and occasionally, the revelry has become rowdy, such as in 2007 and 2008 when some people dashed across the tops of portable toilets while others targeted them with what appeared to be full beer cans. The video of the 2007 event, now known as "The Running of the Urinals," was widely viewed on the Internet.

For the 2008 Preakness, the Jockey Club changed the alcohol policy for grandstand and clubhouse spectators, barring those patrons from bringing alcoholic beverages into the racetrack. All alcohol in those parts of the track had to be purchased from vendors. The policy for the infield, though, remained unchanged and infield spectators were allowed to bring in cans of beer last year.

During Preakness Day last year, 126 people were ejected from the infield, six were arrested (two for assault), and Pimlico staff made 17 calls for medical assistance to the infield, although there were no reported serious injuries.
I still remember my first time there. It was pure insanity. I always wondered how long it would last.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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That has been going on for years--I don't see any changes in the near future.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Baltimore area
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What's changing?
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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Alcohol/water/soda can no longer be brought into the infield. They can only be purchased from vendors.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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While I think it's a bad business decision that will lead to a lot fewer in attendance this year, it had to be expected eventually. From the drunk guy who got on the track and tried to attack a horse a few years back to the recent sport of throwing full beer cans across the infield, things were starting to get out of hand. Hopefully it's not the final nail in the coffin for the triple crown in Baltimore.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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While I think it's a bad business decision that will lead to a lot fewer in attendance this year, it had to be expected eventually. From the drunk guy who got on the track and tried to attack a horse a few years back to the recent sport of throwing full beer cans across the infield, things were starting to get out of hand. Hopefully it's not the final nail in the coffin for the triple crown in Baltimore.

The underground economy for kids from Park Heights looking for tips by pushing grocery carts full of beer for college students will end and join the fate of the broader national economy
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