More Than 51,000 People, Many Without Masks, Attend Kentucky Derby

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After being held without fans last year, the Kentucky Derby welcomed more than 51,000 fans to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday. It was the largest crowd to gather at a U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The official attendance at this year’s Derby was 51,838, according to organizers.

The number is a fraction of the 150,000 or more fans who typically fill the stands at the annual event; but, as local reporters pointed out, the Derby crowd was still larger than the 47,218 people who attended the University of Alabama’s spring football game in mid-April — which, at the time, had been dubbed the most crowded sporting event in the U.S. since the start of the pandemic. 

Fans for the Kentucky Derby were separated by empty boxes at Churchill Downs. Amy Wallot AWALLOT@HOTMAIL.COM

Source: Huffington Post