Perth Racecourse set for significant increase in crowds from August
-Racegoers promised a new, safe and spacious experience with revised policies in force-
Racegoers are set to return to Perth Racecourse this August in their greatest numbers of 2021 so far and will be welcomed to a venue with a fresh emphasis on safe space and new policies to adhere to.
One Saturday meeting in August – and four further fixtures in September – will see Perth significantly increase its numbers in both Grandstand and a new Picnic Enclosure (previously Centre Course), albeit still with self-imposed restricted capacities.
New policies to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all racegoers shall be in force throughout the racecourse. The new Picnic Enclosure will offer both a beer garden and retail outlets for teas, coffees, hot and cold snacks. However, one significant policy change means that racegoers to the Picnic Enclosure, as is the case already in the Grandstand enclosure, shall no longer be permitted to bring their own alcohol on site.
Perth Racecourse CEO Hazel Peplinski said: “The slow but sure pace we have followed so far this season has given us an opportunity to gain valuable feedback and listen to what people want their Perth Racecourse experience to be.
“One theme that has been constant has been that of space and the more chilled ambience due to the absence of alcohol being brought on site whilst the Park and Picnic Bubbles have been on offer. Our racegoers this year are united in their expectation that they can attend and enjoy a safe and spacious family-friendly environment, have access to different options to eat and drink close by and, always most importantly, be able to enjoy the live horseracing which is the main reason they are here in the first place.”
“While racegoers throughout the course will notice the restricted capacities in both enclosures to allow for more space, the greatest change shall be within the former Centre Course, which we have deliberately rebranded the Picnic Enclosure. Guided by customer feedback and our own desire to act responsibly in this post pandemic era, our revised offer has been created to give racegoers that safe and spacious environment they seek, with a low-key beer garden operated by ourselves to offset the fact that alcohol can no longer be brought into the venue. For the future, we are exploring the potential for introducing retail alcohol sales on site but at the present time our priority is to establish a Picnic Enclosure that offers a safe, family-orientated atmosphere whereby our racegoers can enjoy an authentic sporting day out in a stunning setting with all the thrills and spills that only live horseracing can deliver.
“It has been a long, tough road to reach this point but one of the silver linings of the pandemic is that working so closely with our local authority Safety Advisory Group it has helped lead to positive changes which are here to stay and will give racegoers even greater enjoyment of the full live racing experience here at Perth.”
This update follows the latest Scottish Government announcement this week which confirmed Scotland will move to Level 0 from Monday, with some restrictions being maintained. Perth has welcomed small numbers to fixtures throughout the summer and shall do so again this July 27 and 28 for its latest two-day meeting before crowds increase again from August onwards.
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