BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes is several months away, but the infield entertainment was just announced.
Andrea Fujii tells us it’s bound to bring in the crowds.
Besides the thrill of the race at the Preakness Stakes, big name bands at InfieldFest are also attracting crowds. Pop-rock band Maroon 5 and hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa are this year’s headliners.
“When you take into account the Preakness is one of the greatest races in the world today and factor in the other things we’re trying to do specifically with the band, it’s a can’t miss,” said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club President.
Ticket sales dropped in 2009 to just 78,000 after race organizers banned alcohol on the infield.
But with big name musical acts, Preakness organizers are now building on a growing audience.
Last year, Bruno Mars and Train were the entertainment. Nearly 110,000 were in attendance.
“If you look at what we’re doing in the infield we’ve made no bones about it, it’s a party,” said Chuckas.
Prices are reduced this weekend. It will cost you $40 for infield tickets and $60 for a MUG Club package, in which fans will receive a souvenir mug for unlimited refills of beer. Monday after 7:30 a.m., prices will return to $50 for infield tickets and $70 for MUG Club packages.
For seating information and ticket reservations, click here. Tickets can be bought by calling the Preakness sales office at 410-542-9400 or 877-206-8042 or at TicketMaster.
This year’s Preakness is May 19.