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About Belmont Park

Belmont Park has played host to almost every major star in Thoroughbred racing during the last century and is firmly established as one of the world’s great sporting sites. At a mile and half, it is the largest dirt track in North America and it, along with Aqueduct Racetrack and Saratoga Race Course, is operated by the New York Racing Association, Inc., which in 2008 earned the state franchise to operate these three tracks for another 25 years. Set on 445 acres of property, Belmont Park has been called the “Taj Mahal of American Racing.”

The track is located in Elmont New York, just outside of Queens and only 15 miles from Manhattan. The 1.5 mile oval has both grass and dirt tracks, with the Belmont Stakes being run on the dirt. There are three types of seating options: General (least expensive, party atmosphere), grandstands, and clubhouse (most expensive, classy and upscale). Generally, tickets become pricier the higher you go since they offer a better view of the entire track. Parking opens at 8:15am on Belmont day with racing kicking off at 11:45am.

Under cover at the Belmont Park? If the rain is falling straight down most of the reserved seats at Belmont Park are protected from the rain. However, if the wind is blowing in the direction of the stands, almost everyone is at risk of getting wet. The only exceptions are the people sitting in the top rows of the upper level grandstand seats on the 3rd level and inside the Garden Terrace. See picture below.

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Best of the Best Seating Options

Garden Terrace Restaurant
Belmont Stakes Garden Terrace

If you're looking for an indoor, climate controlled environment with excellent views above the finish line where you can dine and watch the race, this is it. The seating consists of 6 top tables with row A next to the glass and row B just next to row A.

3F-3M are the "best of the best" sections to watch the race

If you're just looking for the best place to watch the race outside, this is it. Sections 3F to 3M are all terrific seats. Section 3M is the first section in the Grandstand Preferred Reserverd area so you'll get a small price drop by going with these seats. Section 3L is right on the Finish Line but any of the seats in 3F to 3M will provide you with excellent views of the Finish. All seats in the 3rd level are underneath the overhang so you are protected from the elements.

Belmont Stakes Trackside

Belmont Park Overhang

Belmont Stakes Seating

Unlike the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Park does not have infield seating. Instead they have an infield like atmosphere in the paddock area, complete with concessions and betting windows. Though not as wild and crazy as the Derby and Preakness infields, the Belmont Park paddock area is still a great time. One important note…on Belmont Stakes day, Belmont Park does NOT permit anyone to bring alcoholic beverages into the facility. If they search your cooler and find booze, it will be confiscated! So be sure to bring a few extra dollars to purchase concessions.

Belmont Track Seating Levels

Belmont Stakes Clubhouse Sections

General Admission Tickets: These are the least expensive tickets to attend the Belmont Stakes. With a general admission ticket you will have access to the following areas: Grandstand Apron Access, Tables and seating is First Come, First Served, Access of the Paddock and Horse Path, Grandstand building access including concessions.

Paddock and Trackside (Apron) Tickets: This is the party section of the Belmont! In this area known as the ‘Backyard’, you can walk around, place bets, buy food and drink, but you may not be able to see the full track. You can bring in coolers, soda, food, chairs, tents, etc. but not alcohol and no glass. Security guards search coolers at the gate, but many people try to smuggle in alcohol anyway. Coolers are restricted to the grandstand backyard area.

Grandstand Reserved Tickets: Bleacher like seating. People generally dress up for grandstand seating and women wear extravagant hats, though not as large as the Derby.

Clubhouse Reserved Tickets: Dress codes are strictly enforced (dress pants, nice shoes, and jacket) and these seats offer the best views of the track.

Garden Terrace Dining: Located on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse with an excellent view of the entire racetrack. Cinematic in scope, the Garden Terrace is Long Island’s largest dining hall, boasting tiered, track side seating and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the entire Belmont Park oval–an awe-inspiring landscape. Aside from unbeatable, arena-like views of the finish line, the temperature-controlled venue also has a television at every table, a gourmet buffet, and live piano music. The Garden Terrace has designated reserved seats and access to betting windows  This is the place to come for indoor seating and great views of the entire Belmont track.

Belmont Stakes Overview

Belmont Stakes Overview

Just like any track, the higher up your seat is located, the better the view is. Make sure you place your wagers for the Belmont early and get to your seat. If you wait until just before post time, you may not be able to get back to your seat. Everyone who has a general admission ticket to the clubhouse will be standing on the platform at the top of the seating area, and it might be 4 rows deep with people shoulder to shoulder. This makes it very difficult to even figure out where the aisle is located.

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