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The 2004 Belmont Stakes drew more than 120,000 to witness Smarty Jones' bid for the Triple Crown. (Courtesy of Horsephotos.com)

I took the time to do a bit of research on sporting venues in the nation’s biggest city of New York. At least off the top of my head, I could not find a sporting venue in the Big Apple that holds even 100,000. When Smarty Jones bid for the Triple Crown in 2004, Belmont Park posted a record attendance of more than 120,000. The New York Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Brooklyn Nets cannot boast a single-day attendance even close to 120,000. The other venues I looked at were the U.S. Open Tennis Stadium and also looked for NASCAR venues in the area. Here is the breakdown:

Venue:

Team(s)/Event (Sport):

Capacity:

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

New York Islanders (NHL)

16,000

Barclay's Center

Brooklyn Nets (NBA)

17,732

Madison Square Garden

New York Knicks (NBA)
New York Rangers (NHL)

19,763
17,200

USTA Billie Jean King Center

US Open (Tennis)

33,000

Red Bull Arena

New York Red Bulls (MLS)

25,000

Watkins Glen International

Sprint Cup Series (NASCAR)

41,000*

CitiField

New York Mets (MLB)

45,000

Yankee Stadium

New York Yankees (MLB)

50,086

MetLife Stadium

New York Giants (NFL); New York Jets (NFL)

82,500

Belmont Park

Belmont Stakes (Horse Racing)

121,000

*Capacity for Watkins Glen reflects only grandstand seating.

Another aspect of the Belmont (and horse racing in general) that I like to promote is that it is a competition. All other sports listed are spectator sports, wherein you are only watching the event, not actively or legally gambling on the athletes involved. By betting on a horse, you are betting against the guy in the seat next to you. There is more value in this pari-mutuel wagering than when you are “betting against the house” as you would at a casino, or with a bookie.

Last year, I’ll Have Another was retired the day before the Belmont due to injury. Even though there was no Triple Crown on the line, the event still attracted 85,811 people, still more than any NFL game at the new MetLife Stadium.

The 2013 Belmont may not even attract 80,000 attendees, which actually makes the venue more spacious as a spectator, therefore more enjoyable.

No other sporting event listed above puts as much emphasis on fashion as the Belmont Stakes. It will be a great opportunity to dress up, enjoy some food and drinks with friends, and compete at the same time by betting on some of the nation’s highest-quality Thoroughbreds.

Get over it, there’s not going to be a Triple Crown winner in 2013.

The date is June 8, and the ABRV Team will be there starting Wednesday, June 4 to get people excited for the Big Apple’s biggest sporting event.

So get in the game!

2004 BELMONT STAKES

Real Belmont Inside

Courtesy of Horsephotos.com

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John Cox

A graduate of University of Kentucky, John has varied marketing experience in the Thoroughbred industry—from Keeneland to a private firm marketing specifically to Thoroughbred Farms, his knowledge of the industry is a great addition to the ABRV team.

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John Cox

A graduate of University of Kentucky, John has varied marketing experience in the Thoroughbred industry—from Keeneland to a private firm marketing specifically to Thoroughbred Farms, his knowledge of the industry is a great addition to the ABRV team.

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