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    Officials Remain Optimistic About Leopardstown's Ability to Cater to Larger Festival Crowds, Despite Criticism
Officials Remain Optimistic About Leopardstown's Ability to Cater to Larger Festival Crowds, Despite Criticism
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Officials Remain Optimistic About Leopardstown's Ability to Cater to Larger Festival Crowds, Despite Criticism

Dublin Racing Festival attendance reached a record of 36,000 over two days

Leopardstown officials plan to examine the racecourse site and see if facilities can be put in place to cater for potentially larger attendances at future festival events.

It comes on the back of a 4% increase in the crowd at the weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival.

There was considerable social media flak towards Leopardstown on Saturday with criticism of how the track dealt with such massive numbers in terms of toilets, bar facilities and access to ATMs.

In light of this remarkable turnout, officials at Leopardstown are now set to scrutinise the racecourse site, exploring options to accommodate potentially larger crowds for future festival events. 

Notably, the festival experienced a 4 per cent increase in attendance compared to the previous year. Although Sunday's crowd exceeded 16,000, slightly lower than the corresponding 2023 figures, Saturday stole the show with an astounding record attendance of 20,017. 

Consequently, the overall attendance figure of 36,020 surpassed the previous year's count by a significant margin of over 1,500 individuals. However, the event faced considerable backlash on social media on Saturday, with criticism directed at Leopardstown regarding its handling of the immense numbers in terms of restroom facilities, bar services, and access to ATMs.

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