Officials at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course announced the closure of the oldest part of the track's grandstand just over one month before thousands will arrive for the 144th Preakness Stakes, reports the Baltimore Sun. The section held 6,670 seats or 17.5 percent of the facility's capacity, but an engineering firm determined that it is “no longer suitable to sustain that level of load bearing weight.”
A statement from the Maryland Jockey Club said: “As the safety and security of all guests and employees at Pimlico is paramount, the Maryland Jockey Club made the difficult decision to close that section of the grandstand for this year's Preakness Stakes.”
Earlier this week, The Stronach Group was unsuccessful in its effort to pass legislation that would expedite funds to renovate Laurel and the Bowie training center, likely leading to the Preakness moving from Pimlico to Laurel.
Read more at The Baltimore Sun.
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