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Parking at the Saratoga Race Course

Editor's Note (9/10/2020): 2020's summer meet at Saratoga Race Course took place without spectators in attendance. The information below reflects 2020, but we will update it with 2021 details as soon as they are released by the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

Driving to (or even just past) the track nearing post time can get a little chaotic, so we've put together some tips and tricks for finding the best (and least expensive) parking at the Saratoga Race Course when it is open to spectators.

Where To Park At Saratoga Race Course

General Parking: Free

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, the general parking lots were free every day. You could expect a long walk to the track and difficulty finding spots on popular race days.

Oklahoma Parking: Preferred East, Madison, and the Rec Hall

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, there were three preferred parking lots track visitors could take advantage of.

The East lot was located just across from the track's main entrance at the corner of Union and East Avenues. The Madison lot was further north at the western end of the Oklahoma Training Track. The Rec Hall lot was located in the northeast area of the Race Course near the General Parking area. Both the Madison and Rec Hall lots required a more significant walk to the track's gates than the East lot.

Trackside Parking

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, this priority parking area was available on the same side of Union Avenue as the Race Course, so crossing the street was not necessary. The walk to the gate was also much shorter than it was from the General Parking and Preferred Parking lots.

Lawn Parking: Various lawns and lots on surrounding streets

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, many residents have offered lawn parking for a fee. These spots were sometimes your best bet and could make it easier to get out after racing ended.

Handicapped Parking: All NYRA lots (General, Oklahoma, and Trackside)

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, all NYRA lots at the track have had accessible parking available for guests with disabilities. These spaces were designated for vehicles displaying a current state-issued disability placard or license plate.

Valet Parking

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The racetrack is currently closed to spectators, but in past years, there has been limited daily valet service available.

Tips & Tricks for Parking at the Track

1. Know your options

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

During a typical year, you can park at the track in one of several different lots, or plenty of people open up their yards or parking lots for a fee during track season. The closer you get to the track, the more you're going to pay. Note: The racetrack is currently closed to spectators.

2. The early bird gets the parking spot

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

During a typical year, the earlier you get to the track, the better your parking experience will be. Note: The racetrack is currently closed to spectators.

3. If you see something, say something

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

During a typical year, parking is at a premium, especially on popular race days. This is not a time to hunt around for a better parking spot. If you see an available spot, say something to the driver and take it! Note: The racetrack is currently closed to spectators.

4. Keep an eye out for pedestrians

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

We're all guilty of being a clueless pedestrian every once in a while. During a typical year, you will see lots of people (and small children!) walking around near the track. Be vigilant not just about looking for parking spaces, but also about keeping an eye out for little ones chasing a ball, or older ones with their noses in their phones.

5. Skip the car wash

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

Most of the parking is on dirt, grass, or gravel, so typically, you don't have to bother washing your car before you head out to the track. Note: The racetrack is currently closed to spectators.

6. Take the CDTA Trolley or park downtown and walk

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

The track isn't that far from Broadway (a little over a mile), and in past years, parking downtown and taking the trolley or walking to the race course was convenient. Not only did you not have to worry about the traffic by the track, but you didn't have to hunt for a spot downtown after the races were over for the day.

7. Take advantage of ride sharing

Since the 2020 meet opened without spectators in attendance, the information below doesn't apply this year. We're keeping it here to help you plan for the 2021 meet.

In the past, ride sharing options like Uber and Lyft have had a designated drop off/pick up spot just across Union Avenue from the Race Course. Skip the hassle of parking altogether when you opt for ride sharing.

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