Hospitality industry likely to lose out from Breeders’ Cup fan restrictions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-People in the hospitality industry, who would usually be making a lot of money right now from Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, are concerned they continue to lose their biggest opportunities for income, especially now that the Breeders’ Cup has announced fans won’t be allowed in.

The Breeders’ Cup says when Keeneland hosted in 2015, it generated a $65 million dollar economic impact on Lexington. People wagered more than $150 million dollars. 95% of hotels were occupied that weekend, and 450 private jets arrived at the Blue Grass Airport.

Lexington might not see some of those numbers this year, but Breeders’ Cup says the city will get another chance when Keeneland hosts again in 2022.

President of Bluegrass Hospitality Association, Pam Avery, tells ABC 36 she’s disappointed fans won’t be allowed this year, but she understands the difficult decision and is thrilled for an opportunity to host again.

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