Belmont shrinks crowd to ease race day chaos

May 31, 2015 2:58 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - Big changes are coming to Belmont Park when American Pharoah attempts to break a 37-year Triple Crown losing streak.

Last year, the crowd of 102,000 suffered through long lines at betting windows and bathrooms. Concession stands ran out of refreshments. Spectators spent hours jockeying for space on commuter trains or in jammed parking lots going home.

This year, the track set an attendance cap at 90,000.

They've also brought a former top FBI official in to oversee security. Parking lots are being reconfigured. There's also a post-race concert that organizers hope keeps people from dashing for the exits.

The Long Island Rail Road is spending $4 million to upgrade the Belmont Park station in Elmont.

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