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Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley

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Casino · Hidden Gem · Horse Track
Golden Gate Fields is an American horse racing track straddling both Albany, California and Berkeley, California along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay adjacent to the Eastshore Freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the closing of the Bay Meadows racetrack on May 11, 2008, it became the only major thoroughbred racetrack in Northern California. It is currently owned by The Stronach Group.

The track is set on 140 acres (0.57 km2) of land in the cities of Albany and Berkeley. Golden Gate Fields' facilities currently include a one-mile (1,609 m) synthetic track and a turf course measuring 9/10 of a mile, or 7 furlongs plus 132 feet (1,448 m), stalls for 1,420 horses, a main grandstand with seating for about 8,000 customers, a clubhouse with seating for about 5,200 customers, a Turf Club with seating for about 1,500 customers and parking for over 8,500 cars. The synthetic track is called Tapeta and was installed in the summer of 2007. [1]

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  • Just $6 to enter and free for kids. Nice track, but very smokey lower levels. Turf club was nicer and staff was friendly. Would like to see more kids. Maybe more kid friendly activities or areas...  more »
  • Me and my Girlfriend Gill(fae Dundee) went here on our first day in the area. The track is set in a beautiful location in the Berkeley area. We paid $5 to get in and had great seats 💺. The staff...  more »
  • Super fun on dollar Sundays! Buy a $1 program to see the horses for each race. Then you can bet on the horse you think will win, the horses you think will place at all, etc. How much money you win depends on the type of bet you place, and the odds for that horse. Good luck!
  • Easy to find parking but on dollar day it's pretty hard to figure out where general parking is. They don't have many signs out so you'll probably end up going to the valet parking area which costs $12 even on dollar day. Overall a nice area with great views all around. Lots of smoking and drinking though so be weary of taking children.

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