Restricted tickets to Royal Ascot go on sale Friday after the government confirms that 12,000 people will be allowed at next month’s meeting every day as part of its pilot event list
- Royal Ascot originally planned an attendance of 4,000 a day
- With the new figure, those who have gone through the 2020 bookings can be welcomed
- But the number will still be well below the usual turnout of over 300,000
A limited number of royal fence and general admission tickets to Royal Ascot will be available from Friday after the crowd limit for next month’s meeting is increased to 12,000 per day.
The move came when the largest gathering of the Flat season, which begins June 15, was added to the list of pilot events that took place before the possible lifting of all measures to stem the covid-19 pandemic on June 21.
Ascot had planned an attendance of 4,000 a day. With the new figure, all those who rolled over the 2020 bookings could be provided with a “ material but not significant ” number of tickets left, a circuit spokesman said.
A limited number of tickets for Royal Ascot will be available Friday prior to next month’s meeting
It comes after the government raised the public cap at Royal Ascot to 12,000 per day
Attendance numbers will be well below the usual attendance of over 300,000 over the five days, but the increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, whose 73 victories at royal assemblies were surpassed only by Lester Piggott (116).
Dettori, who was leader at the royal meeting for the seventh time last year, said: “There’s nothing better than Royal Ascot with people. I know it’s not 60,000 (a day), but it’s better than we thought.
‘Last year I was the leader at Royal Ascot and I won three Groups, including the Gold Cup. In order not to show anyone any of that, it was as if someone had cut off my arm.
‘Those are the biggest races we have here and I won them in front of empty stands. Needless to say, it was not the same. ‘
The increased number was welcomed by Frankie Dettori, who has won 73 royal victories