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While the Kentucky Derby and Preakness are known for their raucous, fraternity-style infield parties and over-the-top fashion, the Belmont Stakes is a more understated affair. Use this section to find the best advice on attending the Belmont Stakes.
- General Admission tickets, at $10 for the grandstand and $20 for the Clubhouse, are available at the gate on race day. Crowds as high as 120,000 attended the Belmont Stakes earlier this decade, but NYRA raised admission prices and no longer allows patrons to bring in their own alcohol on Belmont Stakes Day. This has dampened attendance somewhat in recent years, but it allows fans who come to see the races—rather than to party—to enjoy themselves in relative comfort.
- The 2008 Belmont's 35,000 reserved seats were sold out long ago. There is an active secondary market on eBay, where reserved seats are generally selling for between $125 and $500 each. Before you buy, review this Buying Guide to Belmont Stakes tickets. Tickets can also be purchased on one of the many online ticket brokers listed in the findingDulcinea Sports Web Guide.
- The Long Island Railroad, a commuter railroad, runs dedicated trains to Belmont Park from Manhattan's Penn Station, Brooklyn's Flatbush Avenue Terminal, and Jamaica Station. For information on fares, ticket-buying, handicap accessibility and travel tips, visit the LIRR’s Belmont Stakes page.