• Peter McNeile

Future Ticketing assists Curragh re-opening on Derby weekend

Last weekend's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, won by Godolphin's Hurricane Lamp for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, proved another successful step in Irish racing's re-opening to crowds, thanks to the highly versatile ticketing software provided by EMHF General Assembly partner Future Ticketing.


Speaking at the Government buildings in Dublin back in late May, Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed as part of a widespread reopening of the country this summer the Derby meeting would be among a number of pilot sporting and cultural events taking place in June and early July, to test the logistical requirements for further easing of coronavirus restrictions.


Raceday personnel, such as jockeys, trainers and members of the media, were separated from the general public, with the racecourse divided into two zones, between owners, trainers and industry personnel on one side and the general public on the other. Half of the parade ring was dedicated to the general public and the front of the grandstand as well.



Socially distanced racegoers at the Curragh's first fixture open to the public
Socially distanced racegoers at the Curragh's first fixture open to the public


The capacity, limited to 1,000 spectators on each day, was managed within the software, and racegoers were directed toward separate entrances to avoid crossover, where incorrect tickets were invalidated if customers accidentally approached the wrong entrance. A majority of customers brought their ticket on their phone to be scanned on entry, although some also used the print-at-home option. Scanners prompted operators to request photo ID to marry up with each ticket in order to comply with Covid-19 protocols.


Meanwhile, Irish racecourses have been permitted to raise the ceiling on spectators attending, as the country continues its exit from restrictions.

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