Royal Ascot Facts and Figures

Swot up on some facts and figures to impress your fellow racegoers at Royal Ascot!

  • Attendance at Royal Ascot in 2014 was 285,831 (279,452 in 2013). Public Grandstand capacity has been phased down by 5,000 since 2011. Previously, 25,000 ticket holders were using the public Grandstand area and the maximum on any given day now is 20,000. Additionally 1,000 of those ticket holders actually use The Furlong Club, the private Grandstand upgrade area. Silver Ring capacity has been phased down from 24,000 to 20,000 in tandem. The combined effect is an enhanced experience for ticket holders.
  • 330 Chefs will work across 12 restaurants and the 222 private boxes at Royal Ascot 2015, providing 35,000 covers.
  • At Royal Ascot 2014 racegoers enjoyed 51,000 bottles of champagne; 160,000 glasses of Pimms; 131,000 pints of beer; 5,000 kilos of salmon; 7,000 Cornish and Folkestone crabs; 2,900 lobsters; 2,400 kilos of beef sirloin; 3,700 rumps of English lamb; 10,000 Angus steaks; 89,000 bottles of mineral water and 42,000 bottles of wine.
  • 45,000 guests taking afternoon tea last year consumed 1,000 kilos of clotted cream along with 50,000 macaroons, 30,000 chocolate éclairs and 7,000 punnets of berries.
  • Across 88 bars and restaurants, a record 160,000 rounds of drinks were served in 2014.
  • The Cheese on Toast outlet on the Grandstand lawns sold the equivalent in height of the London Eye!
  • There are 175 stable boxes at Ascot Racecourse to accommodate an average of 100 runners per day but the boxes are nearly always full with runners for the next day’s racing (approximately 60) also accommodated. 700 bales of shavings and 500 bales of paper are used for stable bedding over the week.
  • All 30 races at Royal Ascot will be shown live on Channel 4 and Racing UK and, through Pitch International and GBI Racing, pictures are distributed to approximately 200 countries worldwide. Such is the relevance of Royal Ascot in Australia that the meeting is shown on terrestrial television there on Channel 7.
  • Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos descend on Royal Ascot every year.
  • There are 2,400 cleaners working on a 24-hour cycle during the week and there are 300 mobile toilet facilities installed temporarily for the week.
  • 25,000 people signed into Ascot’s free wifi at last year’s Royal Meeting and 30,000 tweets were logged using the hashtag #RoyalAscot.
  • Over Royal Ascot 2014, over 5.5 million posts, check-ins and likes were recorded on Ascot’s Facebook page.
  • In 2014, Ascot Racecourse recycled 622 tonnes of waste during the year as part of its commitment to being a green and sustainable environment by reducing its impact on the carbon footprint.

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