Get ready to shell out some money at this year's Preakness Stakes. The Maryland Jockey Club is ending the long-standing tradition of spectators bringing their own beer onto the infield at the Preakness Stakes, according to Deadspin.
It sure will be a different sight: no huge coolers, 30-packs of Busch Lite, or passed out folks laying by the port-a-john.
I can say for my friends, being able to bring in your own beer was a huge draw. Paying for beer makes the trip to Baltimore less appealing.
"No beverage of any kind (cans or bottles), including alcohol, soft drinks and water will be allowed to be brought into the public infield. Sixteen ounce beers will be sold for $3.50," the Maryland Jockey Club stated.
It's not all sad news. This year several entertainment acts have been added including: Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer ZZ Top, contemporary rockers Buckcherry and a local group TBA.