Having been to Belmont on many Belmont Stakes days, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Belmont is majestic and a reminder if the glory days of racing.
Why This Is the Year for Your First Belmont Trip — The Sports Section
New York City Racing Association officials are “hopeful” that the Belmont Stakes will draw around 60,000 people this year. Some perspective: When Smarty Jones ran for the Triple Crown in 2004, twice as many crammed the racetrack. Tucked into a modest Daily Racing Form story about crowd predictions is this comment from Charles Hayward, president of the NYRA: “I still think there’s 3,000 to 5,000 people that are going to come out as a result of the closure of New York City OTB.” When you’re pinning your attendance hopes on 3,000 former OTB diehards, it’s an off year.