The Kentucky Oaks average ticket prices over the past five years for the prestigious Friday event has stayed relatively consistent, staying within the $100 range. The lowest decrease that has occurred was in 2014 with a 17% drop from the previous 2013 year, moving from a $163 average ticket price to $136. The 2017 Kentucky Oaks average ticket price for the race was at $312, an all-time high within the previous years and the largest increase of 75%.
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Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs Address: 700 Central Ave. Louisville, KY 40208
Chruchill Downs is located in south Louisville west of Churchill Park at Interstate 65. Churchill Downs usually seats 50,000 however; crowds during the oaks can exceed 100,000 as additional seating areas are opened to accommodate the event. New to the event in 2014 was a high-definition screen sitting on the backstretch the outside of the track and facing the grandstand and infield.
Infield General Admission
The area provides a fun large-party atmosphere and is an inexpensive way to attend the event but not the best views of the race. The Infield Club provide access to a VIP lounge area that features cocktail service, half-price menu items, large screen TV’s and monitors at each table along with private betting window and executive bathrooms.
Comprised of sections 120-128 (1st Floor Grandstand), 212, 218-228 (Grandstand Mezzanine/Plaza Balcony), and 322-328 (3rd Floor Grandstand) and are divided into three levels. The Grandstand Terrance level is closest to the track. The better seats in these sections are closer to the finish line and are the lower number sections (120, 218, 322).
The Clubhouse Levels
Comprised of sections 110-117 (1st Floor Clubhouse), 2nd Floor Clubhouse and 312-321 (3rd Floor Clubhouse). The Clubhouse level tickets are a great place to sit close to the finish line. The 1st Floor Clubhouse tickets get you closest to the track and the action but the 3rd Floor Clubhouse Level tickets provide the best view of the action, is covered and provided box seats. The sections closest to the finish line are 116,117, 218, 316, 317 and 318. The best seats for the Oaks here are in section 316, without a doubt.
There is a large selection of suites at Churchill downs, TicketCity offers tickets and can help ensure you have ultimate Kentucky Oaks experience. We offer tickets for the Jockey Club Suites, 5th Floor Finish Line Suites, Interior Premium Boxes and the Matt Winn Room (reserved tables). Suites can fit about 24 people and come with full catering, private wagering and balconies that provide a perfect view of the action.
Millionaires Row & Skye Terrace
Millionaires Row (4th Floor & 6th Floor) provide a luxurious and celebrity-filled Kentucky Oaks experience. A table here provides a great vantage point to watch the races via personal monitors or from the 4 tiered balcony. The Skye Terrance is adjacent to Millionaires row and offers the same amenities but a more traditional experience.
The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. The race is hosted annually in Louisville, Kentucky at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack. The Kentucky Oaks is closely associated with the Kentucky Derby, which is held the weekend following the Oaks every year. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks receives $500,000 and a garland of lilies.
The first-ever Kentucky Oaks race was run on May 19, 1875. At that time, Churchill Downs was still referred to as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. along with the Kentucky Derby. The two races are the oldest continuously run races and the only horse races to be held at their original site since conception. The Kentucky Oaks trails only the Kentucky Derby as the most popular Thoroughbred horse race in the United States.
The Oaks has been run at four different distances. From 1875-1890, the race was run at a distance of 1 and ½ miles. Briefly thereafter, it was run at a distance at 1 and ¼ miles. From 1896-1919, the race was run at 1 and 1/16 miles, then was changed back to 1 and ½ miles until 1941. In 1942, the race was changed again to 1 and 1/ miles, and in 1982, the race was changed a final time to its current distance of 1 and ½ miles.