Focusing on the Safety of Guests, Horses and Athletes


The sound of thundering Thoroughbred hooves will once again roll across the racetrack as Steeplechase of Charleston returns to Stono Ferry – and to its roots – on Sunday, November 15.

In response to a changing world, SOC will re-focus this year on the fundamentals of race day: world-class equine athleticism enjoyed by intimate gatherings of friends and family. We believe that new measures will allow for maximum enjoyment of the five races and a fall day outdoors in the Lowcountry.

Equal parts picnic and day at the races, Steeplechase of Charleston is designed to celebrate a pastime that long been enjoyed in the Holy City. Ticket sales will be limited to 50% of the 60-acre facility’s total capacity. In order to conduct a race that is as safe for guests as for the horses and athletes, SOC will adhere to all DHEC, CDC and local guidelines pertaining to masking, capacity and sanitation. Specifically:

  • Each dedicated tailgate space will accommodate a group of up to 5 guests – your “social pod” for the day. Each party is encouraged to stay within the party they arrive with.
  • Ticketholders planning to join a tailgate group (but arriving separately) must use a ride share service to the Stono Ferry track, as no guest parking will be available on site, separate from the pre-assigned, single-vehicle tailgate spots.
  • All ticketholders will be part of a tailgate arrangement; the 2020 event cannot accommodate single ticket holders unattached to a tailgate party.
  • Guests are encouraged to self-regulate social distancing when approaching the rails and other crowded spaces.
  • Guests will pack their own food and beverages to be enjoyed on race day; special catering services are available for hire for individuals or groups purchasing hospitality tents.
  • Hospitality tents will not be walled, and will be limited to half the capacity they are designed for. Each will also feature private restroom and sanitation facilities.
  • A wide open vendor village will offer shopping entertainment in a 100% touchless environment
  • The event will feature double the number of sanitation stations and restroom facilities available last year, each of which will be cleaned regularly.
  • Special safety ambassadors and additional security will be on site to gently enforce safety guidelines.
  • Masks will be required of all individuals any time they leave their dedicated space, allowing for safe interaction in the vendor village, at the rails, etc. Staff and volunteers will wear masks at all times.
  • A staffed medical tent will be available to any attendee in need of help, including those beset on site by symptoms potentially related to COVID-19. An isolation tent will be available for any individuals experiencing symptoms on race day.
  • New parking, ingress and egress, track management and on-site plans have been designed to lessen potential effects of inclimate weather that might occur leading up to the race day.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. Infection may result in serious illness, injury, permanent disability, death, or property damage. As a result, governments and health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. While the Company has implemented preventative measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Company cannot guarantee that eventgoers will not become infected, and attending this event may increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. EVERYONE ATTENDING THIS EVENT IN ANY CAPACITY ASSUMES ALL THE FOREGOING RISKS. 

*Steeplechase of Charleston reserves the right to change or cancel this event at any time.

*This content is subject to change at any time, based upon current COVID 19 conditions and State/ Local guidelines/executive orders.