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Horse racing attendance surges in Britain

Racecourse AssociationJuly 15, 2015 -- The Racecourse Association has today announced a significant increase in British racing's attendances in the first six months of 2015.  The overall figure of 2,987,103 is higher even than the amount reached over the same period in 2011, the record year for attendances in British racing. 

These figures indicate a rise of almost 300,000 on the same period in 2014, which represents a rise of 10%.  The average number of racegoers at each fixture sits at 4,184, an 8% increase on 2014 and higher even than the record figures of 2011.
 
Chief Executive of the RCA, the trade body that represents 58 of Britain's racecourses, Stephen Atkin said, 'We are delighted to see such a strong performance in terms of attendances so far for this year.  There are, of course, a number of factors that impact on racecourse attendances, and it is pleasing to see that they seem to have come together in the first half of this year.
 
'Whilst factors beyond our control, mainly the weather, play a significant role in achieving these numbers, the racecourse and central sales and marketing teams, supported by the national promotion of the sport by Great British Racing, must be congratulated on their hard work to capitalise on the opportunities that are offered to sell our sport.
 
'Evidence would suggest that hospitality sales at racecourses are increasing along with general economic growth of the country, and we have seen a series of record attendances at our major meetings in the first half of 2015.  However, across the board, racing offers not just one of the best value days out in sport, but also an assurance of quality across Britain's racecourses as evidenced through the RCA's work with VisitEngland and Deloitte.'
 
'We believe that figures like this indicate that public's general interest in going racing is increasing.  The racecourses will look to continue their hard work for the second half of the year, in which we are confident, given the right conditions, we will be able to beat the record total of attendances that was achieved in 2011.'
 
Rod Street, Chief Executive of Great British Racing, the central marketing and promotions body of British racing said, 'These are great figures for racing and demonstrate the broad appeal of our sport. Racing has something for everyone, whether it's the horses, the competition on track, the social scene or the betting opportunities, and it is great to see it perform so well in a competitive leisure market.'
  • Six month attendance at 2,987,103 (4,184 average per fixture)
  • Higher total than record year in 2011, with a higher average attendance
  • Total achieved despite 4% fewer fixtures than over same period in 2011
  • 10% rise in total attendance against 2014

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