Preakness officials have toughened security guidelines for the Triple Crown race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Back backs and duffel bags will be prohibited from the infield for the first time. Only clear coolers will be allowed in the building or the infield, and the new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers.
The security measures will be in effect on the day of the Preakness, May 18, and Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17. More than 100,000 fans have attended the Preakness in 10 of the last 12 years.
The Maryland Jockey Club installed the policy after consulting with law enforcement and public safety officials.
Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas says, "these changes will address concerns fans may have following the Boston tragedies."
BANNED CARRY-IN ITEMS
PERMITTED CARRY-IN ITEMS
In addition, all fans who enter Pimlico on May 17 and 18 will be subject to an electronic wand search at all admission gates. All items carried into the track by persons passing through those gates are subject to search by law enforcement. Prohibited items removed during the admission process will not be held for retrieval.
“We urge fans to have an enjoyable time but if anything looks unusual or suspicious, do not hesitate to notify the proper authorities,” added Chuckas. “We upgraded the security policies and procedures prior to the 2002 Preakness after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and again in 2009 when we changed the infield policy regarding bringing alcohol into the Public infield. The safety of the fans will always be our number one priority.”
Coolers and ice will be available for purchase in the public infield. For additional information, please visit www.preakness.com.