WINNIPEG SUN – Josh Aldrich
March 28, 2020
Assiniboia Downs is contemplating the potential of running a horse racing season without fans, at least to start.
COVID-19 is the latest blow to an industry that has struggled to stay front of mind with a long growing list of entertainment options.
Assiniboia Downs is currently scheduled to start their season on Mother’s Day weekend, but a prolonged shut down to the coronavirus could push that date back. From there it will become a conversation as to how long they can delay the season or if they run without people in the stands.
If they do run without fans, it will be about saving the industry.
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