Saratoga businesses reflect on most ‘normal’ racing season since 2019
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Monday marked the last day of the 2022 Saratoga racing season.
The 40-day meet also meant a big economic boost for Saratoga Springs. The rainy weather didn’t seem to stop people from coming out to enjoy the last day. Lots of people were enjoying their Labor Day – eating, drinking, shopping, and spending the last few hours of the 2022 season at the racetrack.
It wasn’t just tourists coming downtown because of the track. A manager at a local retail store says she noticed a lot of locals out there, after two years of feeling cooped up.
A lot of the businesses say it was a busy season for them, especially because there were no COVID-19 restrictions. Everyone’s itching to get out.
NYRA reported opening weekend had over 100,000 people this year, about 10% more people than last season.
The Travers Stakes had its biggest attendance since 2015. The local shops say they needed this economic boost.