Dec. 2—While some people are counting the days until Christmas, others are counting the days until steeplechasing returns to Aiken after a two-year hiatus.
The Aiken Spring Steeplechase is scheduled next year for March 26 at the Aiken Steeplechase Association's new venue at 2020 Richland Ave. East.
General Admission Tailgate Parking passes and Patron and VIP tickets are available now on the Steeplechase Association's website: aikensteeplechase.com.
Patron tickets, which are required for entry, cost $35 apiece through Feb. 28, and $40 March 1-26.
General Admission Tailgate Parking passes, which don't include patron tickets, are $40 each through March 26. Vehicles will be parked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Winner's Club Tent tickets, which include parking, cost $300 apiece through Feb. 28 and $350 March 1-26. The tent will be located at the racecourse's finish line. A buffet lunch will be served, and there will be live music, a premium open bar and luxury restrooms.
Guarantor Terrace Tent tickets are $175 apiece though Feb. 28 and $200 March 1-26. The tent will be situated at the highest point on the racecourse. There will be a buffet brunch, live music, an open bar and luxury restrooms.
Terrace Boxes, with seating for 10 spectators, cost $3,500 each. Included is access to the amenities in the Guarantor Terrace Tent.
The Steeplechase Association's office will open Jan. 3, 2022 for ticket sales.
Sales of reserved tailgate spaces are scheduled to begin then.
Corporate Railside Tailgate spaces will cost $6,000 each. They will be located along the turn before the finish line.
Reserved Railside Tailgate spaces will be $300 apiece.
Reserved Second Row Tailgate spaces will cost $175 apiece.
Existing railside and second row reserved space holders are each guaranteed a space at the new venue.
Where those spaces will be located currently is being determined, according to the Steeplechase Association. When that process is completed, the Steeplechase Association's board of directors will determine a process for releasing any additional spaces. Renewal forms will be mailed to all existing space holders by early January.
All sales of reserved spaces will be processed in the Steeplechase Association's office. There will be no online renewals for those spaces.
In addition to the Spring Steeplechase, the Aiken Steeplechase Association conducts the Aiken Fall Steeplechase.
Those events weren't held in 2020 and 2021, mainly because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.
There were plans to conduct the Fall Steeplechase this year at the new venue, but they were canceled because of delays in the construction of the facility.
Prior to the pandemic, the Spring and Fall steeplechases were held at the Aiken Horse Park Foundation's Bruce's Field.
The Steeplechase Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new venue Nov. 15.
Hundreds of people turned out for an oyster roast there Nov. 19, and a dog-walking event was held at the new venue Nov. 28.
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