After extensive discussions with security and health officials, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) is announcing today that under the current COVID-19 restrictions, general public will be unable to attend the Grand Final of the TAB Million Dollar Chase.
GRNSW and the Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers’ Association (GBOTA) will be monitoring the situation daily, and if restrictions do ease, access for the general public will be reassessed.
GRNSW and the GBOTA have chosen to make this announcement early so that participants and racegoers can make alternative arrangements around watching our biggest night of racing.
With a 25% venue capacity limit in place due to COVID-19 restrictions and a responsibility to cater for the connections of runners in the feature events on the night, has meant that any public access at the moment would not be possible.
“It is naturally extremely disappointing,” GRNSW chief executive officer Tony Mestrov said. “We had a tremendous crowd of over 6,300 attend last year’s grand final, and I’m certain everyone who attended that night and experienced that amazing atmosphere, would have loved to have returned in 2020.
“But unfortunately it was a decision we had no choice in making. We will continue to be in constant contact with the NSW Government and NSW Health, and if any restrictions do change which would allow us to have general public at the event, we will pass that on immediately.
“But at present, we have all had to make major adjustments and concessions during COVID-19, and despite all efforts to facilitate some access for the general public, it just wasn’t practical or feasible.”
GRNSW will be producing an extended showcase coverage encompassing interviews, previews, race tips and of course the live racing events, which can be seen on thedogs.com.au on grand final night.
Rules and restrictions will be in place for participants with dogs racing on the night.
Those participants with Million Dollar Chase Grand Finalists and Sydney Cup finalists, will receive four (4) tickets per runner to VIP Functions.
All runners entered into other events on Million Dollar Chase night will be allocated four (4) reserved tickets which entitles them to an allocated seat inside the Wentworth Park complex and outside in grandstand seating.
Connections and trainers are urged to make group bookings (a maximum of 10) if they wish to be seated together. Guests are requested to remain in their nominated seats ensuring social distancing protocols are met throughout the course of the evening.
All connections and trainer tickets will require an online booking.