Preakness InfieldFest canceled amid coronavirus concerns; race date still unknown

Nathan Ruiz, The Baltimore Sun on

Published in Horse Racing

BALTIMORE -- While the date of this year's second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown remains unknown, the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes will not feature InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course.

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club made the announcement Friday that InfieldFest 2020 will be canceled, regardless of when the race occurs. The event is planned to return in 2021. The Kentucky Derby, which precedes the Preakness in the Triple Crown, has already been postponed to Sept. 5 because of concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

"InfieldFest is a vibrant and cherished event for Baltimore City that brings together thousands of fans for legendary performances, unique hospitality and curated activations during the historic Preakness Stakes," a statement read. "This was a difficult decision but we are confident that it was the right one. We look forward to celebrating InfieldFest 2021 next year."

InfieldFest's 2020 lineup included Marshmallow, DaBaby and Quinn XCII, among other performers.

Fans with tickets to InfieldFest 2020 will be able to receive a full refund or exchange their tickets for tickets to InfieldFest 2021 or seated tickets to Preakness 145.


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