04.07.12 - THE GRAND NATIONAL
Grand National On-sale Dates Announced
The countdown to the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National will begin in a month’s time, when tickets and dining packages will go on-sale for the most eagerly anticipated event in the sporting calendar.
From Wednesday, August 1, hospitality in the form of restaurant dining and private boxes will be amongst the first packages to be made available for sale for the 2013 event, together with Season Tickets, 2-day and 3-day badges.
Two weeks later, from Wednesday, August 15, all tickets and badges, including all seated enclosures will go on-sale from 9am via the internet, www.aintree.co.uk and by telephone the following day (Thursday, August 16). The racecourse is currently finalising its packages, which will be available to view ahead of on-sale on the racecourse’s website from the end of July.
This year’s John Smith’s Grand National witnessed record attendances with over 154,000 racegoers attending the three day meeting. Grand National day itself sold out some 6 weeks prior to the day and Liverpool Day, the opening day of the meeting broke the 30,000 attendance barrier for the first time. On track, racegoers witnessed a thrilling Grand National, with grey, Neptune Collonges beating Sunnyhill Boy to mark the first ever photo finish in the race. Neptune Collonges became only the third grey to have won the race, breaking the 51 year drought since grey, Nicholas Silver won in 1961.
Commenting ahead of on-sale, Emma Owen, Marketing & PR Manager for Aintree Racecourse said: “Although we’ve finished our racing season for the summer and don’t race again until October, it’s a very busy time at the racecourse for the team, who are putting together the many packages and offerings which will make a day out at the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National all the more special. By going on-sale early, racegoers can choose the ticket of their choice and feel safe in the knowledge their place is secured for the biggest event in the 2013 calendar.”