...By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
This year’s FA Cup final was originally scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Saturday, June 3, an hour after the Epsom Derby, making it challenging for fans to watch both events in their original time slots.
The Metropolitan Police intervened and decided that the FA Cup final was too high-risk to go ahead in its original slot.
As a result, the Epsom Derby will be postponed for three hours and will now start at 1:30 pm, while the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City will kick off at 3 pm.
ITV will broadcast both major sporting events on the same day.
Build-up to the Epsom Derby will take place on ITV1 and ITVX from 12:30 pm, with the race starting around an hour later.
Post-race breakdown and the continuation of racing action will follow on ITV4.
The FA Cup final will begin at 2:15 pm, with 45 minutes of run-up before the game between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Reaction to Changes
Not all supporters were happy with the changes, with some suggesting that the derby should take place during half-time in the FA Cup final.
Others complained that it was a “pathetic time” for the biggest flat race on the calendar to be run.
Despite the negative reaction, the change could benefit Manchester-based football fans travelling to London, who will now have more time to use public transport after the match.
FA Cup Final and Epsom Derby 2023
Both Manchester United and Manchester City have the opportunity to finish the season with multiple titles.
Manchester United has already won the Carabao Cup and has a chance of winning a domestic double.
Manchester City, on the other hand, is back in the running for a treble after beating Premier League leaders Arsenal and could face Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Epsom Derby is one of the most significant events on the horse racing calendar, and last year’s winner was Desert Crown.
This year’s favorite, Auguste Rodin, trained by eight-time winner Aiden O’Brien, will be hoping to win the race named after the iconic French sculptor.
Overall, while the changes may be inconvenient for some, they have been made to ensure the safety of those attending the events.
Furthermore, the changes could benefit some sports fans who will have more time to travel home after the match.