Fans ready to return for 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes

Welcome back to Belmont Park! The final event of horse racing's Triple Crown is back in its normal spot this weekend, and with fans back in the stands.
Thousands will be allowed to attend the 153rd running of the Belmont Stakes, which saw no fans in 2020 due to the pandemic. The race was also moved to be the first event of the Triple Crown last year.
About 11,000 fans will be allowed in for the legendary event.
"It's a wonderful iconic event for Nassau County and it really is a symbol that things are getting back to normal," says Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
Officials are recommending anyone who comes out take public transportation. The Long Island Rail Road says 11 different trains will be running to get fans to the Belmont Stakes.
Those who are vaccinated do not have to wear masks at the venue, but temperature checks will be performed at entry.
The Belmont Stakes is the longest of the Triple Crown's three races. The favorite is Essential Quality.
Tickets remain available.