My friends and I were recently directed to the Maryland 5*'s Policies & FAQs page, which lays out what you can and cannot bring onsite during the event. https://maryland5star.us/policies-faqs/
The list is a bit hard to decipher, being both oddly specific in some places (“Single strap diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.”; “Excessive coolers will be confiscated.”) and deliberately vague elsewhere (No “Flasks,” but the word ‘alcohol’ does not appear anywhere on the page – as of this writing, at least. Plus the murky distinctions between what counts as “light refreshments” vs “large food quantities”…).
So I reached out to the event organizers to get more clarity on what General Admission ticket holders can expect to be allowed to carry through the gates. Based on our back and forth, we arrived at the following list of policies:
- Reusable water bottles must arrive empty, unless they come in a tailgate vehicle. (ETA: I’ve been told there will be water stations around the venue)).
- No meals unless the food arrives in a tailgate vehicle or is purchased onsite.
- No alcohol or unsealed liquid containers unless arriving in a tailgate vehicle or purchased onsite. (direct quote: “If you did not purchase a tailgating pass, you are not permitted to bring alcohol to the property.”)
- General admission crowd is subject to metal detectors and bag checks, including limitations on types and sizes of bags that may be carried. Exemptions for guests, bags, etc that arrive in a tailgate vehicle.
- Limit two (2) coolers per tailgate vehicle, no limit on items not inside a cooler.
This is a departure from how Fair Hill’s fall event was run prior to the new 5* structure, where spectators were welcome to bring enough supplies to spend the whole day out wandering the extensive grounds out in the elements, rain or shine.
The discrepancies between rules for GA vs more expensive ticket holders feels a little bit like a money grab to me, too. Especially the bit about bag checks for GA, but an actual entire literal vehicle can go sit trackside for just a bit more $$…
I’m curious to hear whether anybody else is surprised by these policies, or whether you think they’re appropriate for this caliber or type of event?