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2022 Derby Tickets

The Derby is raced on the first Saturday in May, which this will be Saturday, May 7th. The 2022 Kentucky Derby is being run with full stands, after the number of fans allowed to attend the Derby was limited in 2021. That return to normal at the Derby has brought out extra demand in 2022 from fans who want to #BeThereLive at the "Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports". Derby Weekend in Louisville always kicks off on Thursday for The Thurby, then continue on Friday with the Oaks race, before finishing with the main race on Saturday. Fans can attend one, both or all three races at Churchill Downs. There are plentiful options for great tickets, and even some cheap tickets, across the three days of exiting horse racing action.

The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States. Sports fans from around the country flock to Churchill Downs to witness the Derby in-person. The Derby is about much more than horse racing, it is a major social event where fans drink, gamble and mingle with celebrities in an all-day event. The Derby is a "bucket list" event for many of our customers, and a fantastic event to take your spouse, go with friends, or host some of your top clients at work.

Fans who want to watch the race, should shop our selection of Reserved tickets. Reserved seats cost a bit more than the general admission seats in the Infield, but will have track view to see the race. At Churchill Downs, the higher the level, the more exclusive the seating since seats at a high elevation have views of both sides of the track. Close proximity to the finish line is another big driver of value. Many tickets also come with hospitality amenities as well, which are described in the ticket notes. The vast majority of the seating we sell is in the Grandstand and Clubhouse sections on the First, Second, and Third Floor. We also sell Millionaire’s Row Tables, Turf Club, Skye Terrace, Jockey Club Suites, Trophy Rooms, Interior Premium Boxes and we can even get you into the Mansion the most exclusive area at the track.

If you plan on meeting friends, please note that grandstand seats do not have access to any level of the Clubhouse, but Clubhouse seat holders can visit the grandstands. Within the Clubhouse and Grandstands you can go down to lower floor, but you cannot go to a floor higher than you are ticketed. Everything above the third floor has access to the grandstand and clubhouse areas, but the various rooms may require a ticket specific to the area.

Derby Week Events (Oaks & Thurby)

The Kentucky Oaks is held the day before the Derby. It is the second most attended Horse Race in the World, drawing upwards of 120,000 some years. The Oaks is popular with the Louisville area horse racing fans and most Derby attendees also attend the Oaks. The Kentucky Oaks fanfare is right up there with Derby with a slightly smaller crowd. Ticket prices for the Oaks are typically 25% or more cheaper than premium Derby ticket prices.

The Thursday prior to the Derby is known as the Kentucky Thurby. The Thurby is a full day of racing action that is preferred by many locals who want to experience Churchill Downs before the bigger crowds arrive for the Oaks and Derby. The Thurby is definitely the best deal of the week with many tickets generally available for under $100 per seat. If you are seeking cheap tickets to Churchill Downs, then look at options for the Thurby.

Derby Parties & Packages

There are many popular events around the Derby in Louisville. Among the most popular is the Barnstable Brown Party, a black tie affair held the night before the Derby. The Fillies and Lilies Party at the Kentucky Derby Museum is another popular option. Fans who are looking for the ultimate Kentucky Derby experience can request a customized Derby Package, which includes Tickets, Hotel + More.

Horse Racing Triple Crown

If you are a big horse racing fan you may want to attend the Triple Crown in 2022. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the three race Triple Crown that also includes the Preakness and Belmont. The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Park in Maryland and The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York are the other two.

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is located in Louisville, Kentucky just west of Churchill Park near Interstate 65. Churchill Downs seats over 50,000, however crowds during the Derby will often exceed 150,000 as there are additional hospitality areas, as well as, tens of thousands of fans in the Infield General Admission sections.

1st & 2nd Floor Grandstand

The 1st Floor Grandstand runs from section 121 to section 128. It is among the most affordable options for viewing the races on Derby Day. All seats are along the final stretch and allow you to get close to the track. The seating style is aluminum bleachers. The 2nd Floor Grandstand is very similar to the First but it offers a higher vantage point for watching the finish. All seats on the 1st floor and most on the 2nd Floor Grandstands are uncovered and not shaded, be sure to plan accordingly with the weather as most people tend to spend around 4-5 hours at the track on Derby Day.

3rd Floor Grandstand

The 3rd Floor Grandstand offers box seating and shaded seating under cover for tickets on row D or higher. The seats are grouped in piped off boxes of six, with folding chairs that can be arranged in any way you see fit or folded up and put away to allow for more room. The higher elevation allow you view the horses coming into and leaving the turns longer. The 3rd Floor Grandstand runs from sections 322 to 328.

First Floor Clubhouse

Sections 111 to 120 make up the First Floor Clubhouse. Every section at the track tells story, but for the First Floor Clubhouse the nuances from section to section are noteworthy. Sit in 119 if you want to see the horses up close and personal. This is where the horses exit the paddock for the track. You may even catch a jockey’s goggles. Section 117 is right on the finish line, bring your camera for a once in a life time shot. Sections 111 while technically a clubhouse is a bit removed from the action and other seats. We advise against sitting there a as first time attendee, as almost all seats are uncovered except for the last rows of select sections.

Third Floor Clubhouse

The third floor clubhouse, is the minimum level of ticket for most seasoned Derby attendees. With elevated views near the finish line, the seats views are the best at the track by most accounts. All seats are box seats, with seats closer to the finish line offering 8 seat boxes with your own betting machine and television. Sit on the Third Floor Clubhouse if you want to be among the horse owners, trainers and the who’s who of the thoroughbred world. Covered seating begins on row D, although on a beautiful day there is not a better seat than a row A box near the finish line. If you're not planning sitting you can purchase a Third Floor Walkaround which has access to the Third Floor Clubhouse but no assigned seat.

Turf Club

Located on the finish line just behind the 3rd Floor Clubhouse seats is the Turf Club. This is where you can rub elbows with A list celebrities and athletes. Tickets are sold by the table with 4 and 6 tops being the most common. There are also Turf Club Walkarounds available as an add on to third floor clubhouse tickets or higher. Walkarounds will not have a seat. Once inside all beverages are complimentary and table holders receive a full meal.

Kentucky Derby Luxury Seats

We offer tickets for the Jockey Club Suites, 5th Floor Finish Line Suites, and Turf Club Boxes. Suites usually accommodate up to 24 people and include full catering, private wagering and balconies that provide a perfect view of the action. If you do not see options listed here that meet your need for luxury seats, you can reach out to us directly on Derby premium seats.

Millionaires Row & Skye Terrace

Millionaires Row (4th Floor & 6th Floor) provide a the traditional Kentucky Derby luxury experience. Round tables of eight here provides a great set up to revel in between races. You can step outside to watch the races from a private four tiered Balcony. The Skye Terrance is adjacent to Millionaires Row and offers the similar amenities as Millionaire's Row but a more relaxed experience.

Infield General Admission

The area provides a fun large-party atmosphere and is an inexpensive way to attend the event but no view of the track. We do not generally recommend fans sit in the Infield unless they are truly there for the party, and not the horse race. If you are just there for the party, you can consider an upgrade to the Infield Club which includes 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.

Kentucky Derby Parking Passes

Fans attending the Derby, or any races at Churchill Downs, can purchase a Parking Pass in one of the reserved lots near the track. Parking passes are available for the Thurby, Oaks, and Derby. Certain reserved lots may require a short shuttle ride from the parking lot to the venue front door, but those are setup to be convenient and safe for fans attending the race.

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Kentucky Derby Ticket FAQs


Where can I buy Kentucky Derby Tickets?

We have Kentucky Derby tickets available to purchase. To buy tickets, select the Kentucky Derby event you need from our schedule on this page. For fans looking for a premium experience, our team can customize a Kentucky Derby package to include tickets, travel accommodations, and hospitality.

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2023 Kentucky Derby Tickets

Raceday for the Kentucky Derby is 344 days away. The Saturday, 05/06/2023 race is being held once again at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. There are 40 listings for this race starting at $224. Don't miss horse racing's best, as they compete at historic Churchill Downs.

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