The Victoria Racing Club says it will allocate 500 tickets to the general public for Melbourne Cup day, with 7000 going to members and the rest to corporate sponsors and owners of competing horses.
The club revealed their ticketing details to members on Wednesday for the 2021 Melbourne Cup carnival, for which they’ve been approved crowds of 10,000 at each of Cup Day, Oaks day and Stakes day.
The VRC will host crowds of up to 10,000 on Cup Day this year after no crowds in 2020.Credit:Joe Armao
“VRC members will receive the largest share of available tickets, with over 70 per cent of tickets (7000) allocated to members,” the club said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Owners of competing horses, VRC season corporate partners, sponsors and the general public have been allocated the balance of the remaining tickets, with all racegoers allocated a reserved seat under the approved event plan.”
Under the restrictions imposed on the VRC, all patrons will have a reserved seat, with tickets for general public, including access to the Front Lawn, on sale for $120 – less than half the cost of a general public reserved seat in 2019. No general admission roaming tickets are available this year under the approved event plan.
Whether Derby day will also host crowds will depend on whether Victoria reaches the 80 per cent double-vaccinated threshold by October 31.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday that the government was working with the VRC on a possible scenario where Derby day could play host to crowds as part of the vaccinated economy trial.
“I think there is some work going on at the moment about whether Melbourne Cup Day is, in fact, the trial event or whether Derby day might be,” Mr Andrews said.