Cheltenham Festival get’s underway today! A week in the calendar for racing, sports and betting fans that is always eagerly anticipated and not to be missed. Whether it’s on TV or going to the famous festival, Cheltenham holds a truly unique atmosphere and has hosted many outstanding racing moments that will be lodged in the history books forever.
We love hosting guests at our ICON facility at Cheltenham, where guests will spend the day with an incredible all-day service in the Club Enclosure whilst being entertained by famous faces and an often attractive complimentary bar. 2022 should be a huge year for Cheltenham as it looks to welcome fans back into the stands, so book your hospitality now and start the excitement already for next years festival.
Cheltenham Festival 2020 – Sparkling on track, controversial off track
The festival took place between the 10th and the 13th of March, just as coronavirus was declared a worldwide pandemic by WHO and unfortunately the event shone under a completely different spotlight to what it’s used to. With 250,000 in attendance (slightly down from 2019), question marks were raised during and after the event about the decision to go ahead, but with the governments backing it still continued.
It’s easy to forget what a fantastic week on track it was and the fans in attendance witnessed some dramatic action. Al Boum, ridden by Paul Townsend picked up his second consecutive Gold Cup for Willie Mullins, seeing off Santini to establish the horse as one of Cheltenham’s all time greats. The Stayers Hurdle on Thursday saw a huge upset as Lisnagar Oscar won at 50-1 under Adam Wedge, with the top three all 20-1 + outsiders. Easysland saw off the big favourite Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase whilst Politologue capitalised on Altior’s absence by winning the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.
Unfortunately the 2020 Cheltenham Festival is drizzled in negativity for many and hopes for the 2021 Cheltenham festival to be back to normal were tarnished in the winter. No-one will ever truly know the impact the festival and other major sporting events had on the countries preceding lockdown length, but the event ran as expected under the governments instructions and was a brilliant occasion for all that attended.
Cheltenham Festival 2021 – How will the change in atmosphere effect the festival?
The Cheltenham Festival in 2021 will have limited numbers throughout the facility and there is a possibility that results might be slightly more predictable than before. Huge crowds, noises and distractions can inspire or hinder the horses and jockeys at Cheltenham, but the suspected reaction to limited fans is that the racing form may be more accurate than before.
Fortunately the quality of entrants at the festival is extremely strong and you are guaranteed to see some impeccable races, with some twists and turns throughout. We would have loved to of hosted our Engage ICON hospitality packages this year but unfortunately it was looking unlikely at the turn of the year. This has resulted in corporate hospitality being limited for the 2022 festival as bookings are already in place and demand is high.
Cheltenham Festival 2022 – Book your ICON hospitality now
It may be a year away, but now is the perfect time to secure your attendance for Cheltenham 2022 in our premium and official ICON hospitality package. You can register your interest here and subscribe to all of our latest event and hospitality news.