Getting drunk at next year’s Preakness just got a lot more expensive. Putting an end to a long-standing tradition, fans are now banned from bringing in their own alcohol from the outside world into the grandstand and clubhouse areas. Want to get wasted? You’d better be prepared to drop some cash on $8 beers.
The change, confirmed yesterday by the Maryland Jockey Club, means that all alcoholic beverages consumed by grandstand and clubhouse patrons will have to be purchased at Pimlico. Spectators will still be allowed to bring beer in cans into the Preakness infield, and racing officials said they aren't considering any changes to that policy.So don’t fret. Eschew the expensive seats and go to the infield. You and your 89,999 friends can bring in all the booze you want, and drink yourself into a drunken stupor. Do take photos of yourself and your friends at that point. And send them straight to firstname.lastname@example.org (but only if they’re good!).
Oh, are people there for the horse races?