How to get a ticket for the Melbourne Cup
On Sunday, the Victorian government announced that crowds of 10,000 fully vaccinated people would be allowed to attend the Melbourne Cup.
Here’s everything you need to know about who can attend.
How many people will be able to go to this year’s Melbourne Cup?
The state government has announced up to 10,000 people will be permitted to attend Flemington on the first Tuesday of November, even if Victoria has not reached the 80 per cent double-vaccination threshold. The race day is part of the state’s “vaccinated economy” trial.
A crowd of up to 10,000 will be allowed at the Melbourne Cup this year.Credit:Getty
Will there be any crowds at Derby day (October 30), Oaks day (November 4) or Stakes day (November 6)?
There definitely won’t be crowds on Derby day, the first day of Cup week. Whether there are crowds of up to 10,000 on Oaks day and Stakes day will depend on whether Victoria reaches an 80 per cent vaccination rate by November 4. The state is currently tipped to reach that figure on or before November 5.
I’m a VRC member. Will I be able to get a ticket to Cup Day?
VRC members are set to get priority access to tickets on Melbourne Cup Day. Of the 10,000 people who will be permitted to enter Flemington, it’s likely that most of those will be members only. The VRC has over 30,000 members and the club will look to cater as many of them as possible.
How can I get a ticket? Will it be a ballot system? Or can members go to Cup Day, Oaks day and Stakes day?
It’s possible members might be able to attend more than one of the three days. It had been flagged that to cater for all 30,000 VRC members, they might have to pick or choose which day they want to attend. But VRC chief executive Steve Rosich said on Sunday that it was more likely to be an on-sale ticket system for members, rather than a ballot system. Details are still to be finalised.
What if I’m not a member?
There are likely to be limited – if any – tickets available for the general public on Melbourne Cup Day, but VRC chairman Neil Wilson did not rule out the possibility when asked on Sunday. The club is still to finalise its plans and how the 10,000 might be divided.
Do I need to live within 25 kilometres of Flemington?
If Victoria has not reached the 80 per cent double vaccination threshold by Melbourne Cup Day, only those who live within 25 kilometres of the racecourse will be allowed to attend. For Oaks day and Stakes day, should Victoria hit the 80 per cent threshold, the 25-kilometre radius won’t apply. The state is currently tipped to reach that figure on or before November 5.
Do I need to be fully vaccinated?
Yes, only fully vaccinated racegoers will be permitted to attend Flemington during Cup week. Those who can show proof of a medical exemption will also be allowed. However, “almost no one” is medically exempt, according to the director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance.
How will I prove I’m fully vaccinated?
The VRC has been briefed by the relevant authorities on new QR code technology that will prove your vaccination status on entry. Melbourne Cup Day will be used as a trial for that technology, which is expected to become part of everyday life for Australians wanting to attend different venues.
I own a racehorse running on Melbourne Cup Day. Can I go?
The VRC has submitted a COVID-safe plan to the Victorian government, which allows for roughly 500 to 1000 owners to attend. They would be included in that figure of 10,000. Owners, too, will need to be fully vaccinated and live within 25 kilometres of the track.
How many different zones will there be at Flemington?
There are likely to be four zones, of about 2500 people, spread across the expanses of Flemington, plus a fifth zone exclusive for racing participants such as jockeys and trainers. Each zone will have its own entry point, so racegoers are not mixing with people in other zones. Racegoers will be able to access food and drink in those zones.
There were no crowds at the Melbourne Cup last year.Credit:Joe Armao
Will the Nursery be one of those zones?
No. The Nursery, popular on Derby day with VRC members bringing in their cars and BBQs, was not a zone included in the club’s COVID-safe plan.
What about trainers and jockeys?
A race day averages about 300 racing participants, and they will be kept in a bubble away from racegoers. They are not included in the 10,000 figure. Racing Victoria announced last month that racing participants will need to have had their first jab by October 16, and be fully vaccinated by November 27.
If I can’t get a ticket to the Melbourne Cup, how can I watch?
If Victoria has not reached an 80 per cent fully vaccinated rate by Melbourne Cup Day, you won’t be able to have private gatherings in your home. The Melbourne Cup will be broadcast live on free-to-air television, while pubs and clubs will be permitted to host small groups by Cup Day.
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