Fan Safety at Del Mar Racetrack

Type: Event

We can't wait to see you trackside for the 2021 season. While a lot has changed since we were last together, our commitment to a safe, clean and fan-friendly environment remains the same.

Our safety measures were set in cooperation with state and local public health officials along with Scripps Health and their expert staff. Protocols are updated frequently and subject to change.

Health, Safety & Hygiene

Face Coverings 

  • In addition to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staff, all guests will be required to wear a face-covering at all times, unless actively eating or drinking while seated at your ticketed seat.
  • Face-coverings should fully cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of your face so there are no gaps. Masks with ventilation valves are not permitted.

Social Distancing 

  • Whether you are entering the facility or placing a bet, please practice physical distancing and keep a safe space between yourself and others. 
  • Please refrain from congregating inside the grandstand and be sure to follow all posted signage and direction from Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staff.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Del Mar Thoroughbred Club staff have enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout the facility. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the grandstand and additional staff will be on-site for cleaning high-touch areas. 
Facility Access & Experience

Bag Policy

  • Bags are subject to search. 

Cashless Transactions

  • Ticketing, as well as Restaurant & Concession, purchases are now cashless transactions.
  • Acceptable forms of payment include Debit and Credit Cards.
  • Designated wagering windows will continue to accept cash payments. 


  • Children 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Seats are required, discounted Grandstand Seating is available for children 17 & under.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to wager. 

Non-Smoking Facility

  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes (vapes) and smokeless tobacco products, is permitted only in designated outdoor areas where seating is not provided, including ramps, paddock viewing areas, Clubhouse and Stretch Run entry plazas, and south-facing patios.


  • Tickets required for entry. Parking is included with each seat purchase and will not be sold at entrance gates. No re-entry allowed. Each fan must display their ticket to gain access to the racetrack grounds.
  • Limited valet parking is available for additional purchase through the ticket office.
  • Parking opens 2 hours before first post each race day. Admission gates open 1 1/2 hours before first post.

Paddock & Walking Ring

  • Access within the Saddling Paddock & Walking Ring is restricted to licensed personnel. 

Infield Access

  •  The Infield will be closed to public access.

Food & Beverage 

  • Personal food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome to the racetrack, except in restaurant table seating. 
  • Alcoholic beverages and glass containers of any kind are prohibited from all areas of the track, including parking areas.
  • Coolers must be small, hand-held, and able to be stored beneath reserved seats in the grandstand.  
Ticketing & Grandstand Seating


  • Reserved Grandstand or Table seating must be purchased prior to arriving to the races. 
  • Track Admission and parking passes are included with each seat purchase. Each fan must display their ticket to gain access to the racetrack grounds.
  • To promote a more contactless experience, fans will be required to purchase tickets digitally and present their tickets to enter the facility. 

Season Box Holders   

  • If you are a Season Box Holder and have questions about your tickets, please reach out to the ticket office

Diamond Club Members

  • Diamond Club Members will receive discounted Stretch Run Reserved Seating every day of the 2021 season. The email address used to register for the Diamond Club must be valid and match the email address used to purchase tickets. Discount will not be applied retroactively or automatically. Please reach out to the ticket office for assistance. 

Turf Club Members

  • Turf Club Members must make a table reservation and show credentials to access the facility. 
  • Please contact the Turf Club for membership questions, reservations & assistance. 


  • Horsemen with valid CHRB Licenses will receive discounted pricing every day of the 2021 season. Please contact the racing office for assistance. 
  • The Horsemens' Lounge will be opened to licensed personnel. Reservations are required, please contact the racing office for assistance. 
    Updated 6.8.21     

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