NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) - If there was one complaint that Colonial Downs Director of Marketing Darrell Wood heard about his track was that fans just weren't close enough to the action. That's about to change.
The track kicks off its 2011 season on Wednesday night, and fans that come on Opening Night will have a new place to watch the on-the-track action. The track has built a new patio in the infield, located on top of the scoreboard which they are calling "The Top of the Tote." Fans will be able to walk across the track in between races, and then stand on the porch overlooking the track. Colonial Downs has the widest turf in North America located inside the dirt track. Previously, while fans in the stands would be close to the dirt, they were pretty far away from the grass track, which hosts 90% of the races that are run at Colonial Downs. Now, with the "Top of the Tote", fans can have their own sort of "Pit Pass" which gives them an entirely different view of the races. There will also be betting machines located in the infield, so fans wouldn't have to leave to make bets.
Summer racing is held on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from June 8 – July 31, 2011. Races begin at 5 PM during the week and Saturday, 1 PM on Sunday. A two-day "Racing to the Stars & Stripes" Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd of July featuring horse racing, a patriotic concert and fireworks with racing starting at 5 PM on July 2nd and 3rd.