0 Racecourse Attendances Stand Firm in 2009

Racecourse attendance figures for 2009, published today by the Racecourse Association Ltd, have revealed that despite a precarious economic climate, British racing has retained its popularity and continued to appeal to the public.

The total attendance for the year of 5,718,729 was slightly up on 2008, and saw racing's attendance weigh in at over 5.7 million visits for the seventh consecutive year.

Commenting Stephen Atkin, Chief Executive of the RCA, said:

'These figures demonstrate an excellent performance from our racecourses in trying times brought about by the current economic climate. They confirm the continuing appeal of British racing as a leisure activity and that the sport can meet people's ever increasing desire for value.

"The figures would have been even better but for December suffering abandonments during the cold snap, which has continued to make January a very testing time for courses. However, the all-weather tracks have done a magnificent job to keep the show on the road and hopefully things will be back to normal soon to build on last year's success".

For further information please contact

Stephen Atkin on 07884 068258,
John Phillips on 01344 625912 or the RCA office on 01344 873538
info@racecourseassociation.co.uk


Month by Month Comparison

2009

2008

Month

Attendance

Actual

Fixtures

Ave. Daily

Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Ave. Daily

January

156,895

85

1,846

157,268

97

1,621

February

138,366

88

1,572

169,622

99

1,713

March

407,138

112

3,635

395,317

109

3,627

April

496,748

128

3,881

472,968

127

3,724

May

678,498

159

4,267

697,050

157

4,440

June

879,102

143

6,148

948,731

139

6,825

July

895,782

148

6,053

858,570

149

5,762

August

774,506

141

5,493

702,164

128

5,486

September

419,738

111

3,781

385,602

101

3,818

October

359,498

120

2,996

321,566

116

2,772

November

293,355

108

2,716

318,626

106

3,006

December

219,103

84

2,608

289,172

95

3,044

Total

5,718,729

1,427

4,008

5,716,656

1,423

4,017

(+0.04%)

(+0.28%)

(-0.22%)

Day by Day Comparison

Day

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

Monday

414,863

385,316

180

175

2,305

2,202

Tuesday

380,752

407,278

168

173

2,266

2,354

Wednesday

532,180

482,651

208

210

2,559

2,298

Thursday

713,486

716,475

227

223

3,143

3,213

Friday

1,080,461

1,232,238

233

235

4,637

5,244

Saturday

1,995,807

1,950,919

269

272

7,419

7,172

Sunday

601,180

541,779

142

135

4,234

4,013

National Hunt and Flat Comparison

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

National Hunt

2,037,488

2,061,507

506

505

4,027

4,082

Flat Turf

3,391,562

3,264,327

595

556

5,700

5,871

Flat AWT

267,318

361,272

324

359

825

1,006

Mixed

22,361

29,550

2

3

11,181

9,850

Afternoon and Evening Comparisons

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

Afternoon

4,664,664

4,559,980

1,082

1,059

4,311

4,306

Evening

1,054,065

1,156,676

345

364

3,055

3,178

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

NH Evenings

193,085

207,588

60

61

3,218

3,403

Flat Turf Evenings

760,657

785,559

162

149

4,695

5,272

AWT Evening

100,323

163,529

123

154

816

1,062

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

NH Afternoons

1,844,403

1,853,919

446

444

4,135

4,175

Flat Turf Aft.

2,630,905

2,478,768

433

407

6,076

6,090

AWT Afternoons

166,995

197,743

201

205

831

965

Mixed Afternoons

22,361

29,550

2

3

11,181

9,850

Bank Holidays

Total Attendance

Actual Fixtures

Average

2009

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

Bank Holidays

171,285

195,586

29

30

5,906

6,520

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