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Westminster Week FAQ's

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Where is Westminster Week being held this year? 
The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina Pro Plan ® including the Masters Obedience Championship will be held in the daytime at Pier 36. The evening competition will be at Madison Square Garden. The Masters Agility Championship will also be held at Pier 36.   

For the full Westminster Week schedule, click here

2022 Judging Panel bios and photos can be seen here.

What are the COVID-19 protocols for attendees?
The safety and security of all exhibitors, judges, stewards, and essential dog show personnel at the show is paramount to The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC). Every effort will be made to maintain proper protocol at the event. WKC, at a minimum, will follow New York State and City Covid-19 guidelines, requirements, and AKC best practices.

New York City compliance guidelines currently require all attendees (over the age of 12) at public events to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Therefore, proof of vaccination will be required at both Pier 36 and MSG. 

The protocol on providing proof of vaccination will be as follows:

  • All attendees aged 12 and older will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (meaning the day of the event is at least 14 days after their final vaccine dose) and identification. 
  • Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally issued ID.
  • Children under 12 can attend with a vaccinated adult, but children ages 2 to 11 will need to wear a mask while inside the venues, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Additional details on the protocol for providing proof of vaccination will be forthcoming.

Please note that government mandates, venue protocols, and event requirements are subject to change, so be sure to continue to check back for the latest information.  

Can spectators get tickets?
Admission to Pier 36 will be limited to essential dog show personnel only. There will be no spectators allowed at Pier 36. Tickets are on sale for the evening judging at Madison Square Garden, however, spectators will not be permitted in the benching area at Madison Square Garden. 

Will exhibitors get extra admission tickets?
Admission to Pier 36 will be limited to essential dog show personnel only. There will be no spectators allowed at Pier 36 nor in the benching area at MSG.

Two (2) exhibitor’s tickets for Pier 36 will be provided for the day your dog is entered and will be included in your exhibitor packets.  One ticket will be provided to each Exhibitor for MSG, for only the day that your breed is judged. Each Best of Breed winner will receive admission-only tickets to MSG for the night you are judged. Tickets are on sale for the evening judging at Madison Square Garden. 

Will Best of Breed Winners be given extra tickets for the Group judging?  
One ticket will be provided to each Exhibitor for MSG, for only the day that your breed is judged. Each Best of Breed winner will receive admission-only tickets to MSG for the night you are judged (please see Superintendent).

How many entry tickets will a Junior Handler invitee receive?
Each Junior Handler will receive three tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Will there be benching? 
Exhibitors are not required to bench their dogs on the day they are exhibiting. A large heated and floored tent attached to Pier 36 will be the designated grooming area for Exhibitors. Pier 36 will be open on Sunday, January 23, at noon for multi-day exhibitors to unload and set up.  Best of Breed winners will be provided with a benched area at Madison Square Garden to prepare for the Group competition

What is the hotel shuttle bus schedule, and where does it run? 
Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Gold Star Partner hotels to Pier 36 and Madison Square Garden. A complete schedule will be forthcoming. 

Where do I find nearby hotels?
The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged for special rates at the following hotels for our 2022 show.  Please use the code or link provided on the hotel page listing when booking your reservation.

Where do I find nearby parking?
Please see our parking and directions page for more information. 

How do I watch the daytime judging? More information coming soon.

How do I watch the evening judging?  More information coming soon.

Where can I find more information on things to do in the area? More information coming soon.