Churchill Downs is the most famous horse racing track in the United States. Churchill Downs is the host track for both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. Churchill Downs opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks that same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders Cup horse race multiple times.
Churchill Downs provides a beautiful background to two of the great horse races. Inside Churchill Downs there are fantastic food options, include the local favorite hot brown sandwich. You can also sip from a variety of great beverages, include their famous mint juleps. And there are also many options available to people who which to bet on the horse races. Gambling on horse races is legal inside Churchill Downs, and visitors can wager on their favorite horse.
The two twin spires are the structures that people most relate to when they see Churchill Downs. The twin spires are symbols of Churchill Downs, and the Derby. The capacity for seating at Churchill Downs is just above 50,000. But the track routine holds more than 150,000 people for Derby day and Oaks day, when standing room seats are opened up on the infield. Buy Churchill Downs tickets at TicketCity to become one of the crowd at the most exclusive horse racing events on the planet.
Sports at Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs has been an iconic scene for the annual Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks since it opened in 1875. This prestigious event brings national attention as the pinnacle of the horse racing world. It is the tradition for the Kentucky Derby to be held on the first Saturday in May and the Kentucky Oaks to take place on the Friday before the Derby. Each year the Derby Grade 1 race is comprised of 3-year-old thoroughbreds and the Oaks is a race of three-year-old fillies on the field. The stakes are high as the winner of the Derby takes home a prize money of $1,425,00. The history and traditions are rich when it comes to the horse racing events at the Churchill Downs with everyone dressed splendidly, especially the women with their elaborate hats.
Churchill Downs Venue Guide
Where is the best place to park for Churchill Downs?
There are many parking lots that are free first-come, first-serve parking. The largerst lot near Gate 10 and is accessible from Longfield Avenue. The white lots and green lots is also availiable for the general public near Churchill Downs. Guests can also use the reserve parking and use the valet parking services for an extra fee.
Does my child need a ticket?
General Admission tickets are complimentary for children 12 years and younger, except on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days.