Every June, Belmont Park in Elmont, New York hosts the Belmont Stakes. As the third leg of the Triple Crown, Belmont Stakes tickets are usually in high demand, but fall behind both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Though, if a horse wins those two races and has a chance at winning the Triple Crown, as has happened 33 times before, demand and prices for Belmont Stakes tickets both see dramatic increases.
The first Belmont Stakes was held Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx in 1867 and was held in the Bronx until 1890. In May of 1905, Belmont Park was opened and the Belmont Stakes has been held in Elmont since that date. Though, from 1963-1967, those with Belmont Stakes tickets attended Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens while renovations were being completed at Belmont Park. Held in June, the weather in New York is usually favorable for those who have Belmont Stakes tickets.
Known as “The Test of Champions” because of the length of the track, one and a half miles, and being the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont has historically been one of the toughest horse races to win. The race is also known as the “Run for the Carnations” because of the blanket of white carnations draped over the winner of the race. Other traditions, like the playing of “Sidewalks of New York” and the official drink of “White Carnation” have changed over the years. Frank Sinatra’s “Theme from New York, New York” is now played as the post-parade song and the official drink has been changed to the “Belmont Breeze.”
The date of the race changes from year to year, but not as uniformly as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Those with Belmont Stakes tickets know they will be going to the race in June, but is not held on a specific weekend, rather three weeks after the Belmont, but not before June 5 and not after June 11.
In 2004, the record was set for Belmont Stakes tickets sold. Over 120,000 fans were in Elmont to see Smarty Jones attempt to win the Triple Crown, only to be upset. As is the case, Belmont Stakes tickets sell more when a horse has won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The last time that occurred was 2012 with I’ll Have Another, but the horse was scratched due to injury and Belmont Stakes tickets did not see the expected increase in price and demand. Unfortunately when there is not the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, the demand for Belmont Stakes tickets usually decreases.
Because of the hit or miss of a Triple Crown contender, many fans but Belmont Stakes tickets earlier than usual, sometimes right after the Derby, if they sense a horse has a legitimate chance of winning and to bypass the eventual price increase. The Belmont Stakes had three races in a row from 2002-2004 with the possibility of crowning a Triple Crown winner, but has only had one race since, 2008, with a horse in that scenario.
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Belmont Stakes Tickets News
6-4-15: The post positions have been announced for the 2015 Belmont Stakes.
Tale of Verve (15-1)
American Pharoah (3-5)
Keen Ice (20-1)
6-6-14: With less than 24 hours to go until the 2014 Belmont Stakes, the average price of Belmont Stakes tickets on the secondary market has reached it lowest point since March. At $190 average, the cheapest available General Admission ticket is $11. Quantity available is also at it's lowest point since March, with just over 3,000 tickets still listed.
6-3-14: In an article from Newsday with data from TicketIQ.com, it's been noted that overall, Belmont Stakes tickets on the secondary market are down 18% after the Preakness Stakes. The current cheapest ticket available on the secondary market is $8. Last year's race had tickets available for as low as $3.
5-28-14: With just over a week until the 2014 Belmont Stakes, secondary market tickets have trended up 4% in the past 7 days. The current average ticket price is $397, down from $416 yesterday. Despite the overall price fluctuation, tickets are at their cheapest since California Chrome was confirmed eligible to race.
5-20-14: After a little uncertainty, California Chrome has approved to wear his nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes. After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the horse looks to complete the triple crown in NY. Belmont Stakes tickets currently start at $32 on the secondary market.
5-15-14: The Belmont Stakes begin June 7 at the Belmont Raceway in Elmont, NY. Average ticket price on the secondary market is $325 with tickets starting as low as $19. The Belmont Stakes is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown horse racing series. This year marks the 146th race in Elmont.
5-12-14: 2014 Belmont Stakes tickets are currently trending upward 4% in the past week. The increased average could be attributed to the increasingly likelihood that California Chrome can complete the triple crown. While the average price is currently $244, the average price of this weekend's Preakness Stakes is $192.
3-11-14: Ticket prices for the 2014 Belmont Stakes have seen just a 2% decrease in average asking price on the resale market. The average Belmont Stakes ticket is currently $201. Quantity available has seen a slight increase since March 5th, with 76 additional tickets now being listed. The cheapest ticket available has stayed the same all week, at $24.
3-5-14: Prices for the 2014 Belmont Stakes tickets have remained consistent since hitting the secondary market. The highest average asking price occurred on January 4th at $232, while the lowest point was January 16th at $197. Since February 8th, the average asking price has stayed within a $10 window of $200 to $210. As of March 5th, that price is $203.67. Quantity hasn't moved much with only about an additional 100 tickets added in the month of February. The current cheapest ticket available is a General Admission deal at $24. Last year's race averaged just $88 on the secondary market with cheapest ticket at $3.
2-25-14: Unlike the Kentucky Derby, which is always a hot & expensive ticket, Belmont Stakes tickets have experienced strong variation on the secondary market each of the past 3 years.
Overall, the average for the early June race has been $180. The most expensive race came in 2012. That year, tickets averaged $320 on the re-sale market. Things looked very different in 2013, with the average ticket price just $88 (a 72.5% decrease from the previous year). In 2013, the cheapest ticket in the door was just $3.
This upcoming year seems to fall in the middle of the market. Currently the average ticket price is $208, over double last year but still over $100 shy of 2012. If last year is any indication, it may be best to wait to purchase your tickets. Ticket prices for the 2012 race dropped 22% during the week of the event.
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