Planning for Preakness: what you can’t bring to Pimlico this year

If you’re planning on going to the Preakness Stakes this year, you’re going to need to leave that drone at home.

Pimlico Race Course is out with its updated list of things that are banned on Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days. Frisbees and “oversized carrying devices” are not allowed, along with any outside food or drink.

In previous years, outside food had been permitted in the grandstand, but not this year.

While outside drink is banned, those in the grandstand can bring an empty plastic water bottle. Personal bags are also allowed, but they have to be smaller than 18 inches by 18 inches.

Vaping indoors is a no-go, but people can break out their pens in designated smoking areas.

Race-goers should be hoping for sun, as umbrellas are also not allowed on the premises.

The following items are prohibited everywhere on Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Days:

  • Drugs or weapons of any kind
  • Outside food or beverage of any kind
  • Glass containers of any type
  • Tents
  • Umbrellas of any kind
  • Balloons, balls, and Frisbees
  • Drones of any kind
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Camelbacks or water bladders of any kind
  • Chairs or folding chairs of any kind
  • Hibachis or barbecues
  • Ladders, scaffolding or other raised devices
  • Bulk or oversized carrying devices
  • Non-folding, or folding, metal furniture
  • Hand carts, or wheeled carts
  • Backpacks and duffle bags
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all indoor and seating sections. Please use designated smoking areas.

The following items are permitted in the grandstand/clubhouse:

  • Beach blankets and suntan lotion
  • Cell phones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders and binoculars
  • Clear bags for personal items, no larger than 18″ x 18″
  • Empty, clear water disposable bottles
  • Personal bags including purses, no larger than 18″x 18″ (subject to search)
  • For medical needs and equipment, please see on-site supervisor

The following items are permitted in the Infieldfest:

  • Beach blankets and suntan lotion
  • Cell phones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders and binoculars

You can find the full list here. The Preakness Stakes is set for May 18.

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