HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Ellis Park plans to have live racing return to the track this summer on June 28 says general manager, Jeff Inman.
“I want to assure everybody that we will not open this facility until it’s safe for everyone.”
Kentucky’s Governor, Andy Beshear, authorized horse racing last week. Inman has an initial outline for how fans can expect to watch.
“In a lot of cases, we have looked at different ways of setting our seating apart, maintain their six foot social distancing, that means lines and the concession stands, making sure we limit or most likely limit entrance to the facility to one location, doing temperature checks on everyone making sure no one exceeds 104 degrees.”
One of Ellis Park’s general manager’s biggest concerns will be overseeing all of the spectator space. He wants fans to experience racing just like in past years despite the current circumstances.
“There are a lot of open areas, we are really making sure we can monitor and maintain those areas for the customers.”
Inman believes reopening could be a good first step into normalcy.
“It’s just the uncertainty in the whole community but we are committed to navigating through that
we are going to up for our customers.”
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the new upgrades will not be complete by opening day. All new construction has stopped until September.