Experience the Kentucky Derby
Louisville, KY . May 1-4, 2019
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski
Melissa Budd-Wilkowski

I highly recommend Bucket List Events! Thank you for showing our group a fantastic time! Every activity was well organized and so much fun!

Melissa Budd-Wilkowski
(866) 343-6133

Understanding Kentucky Derby tickets and seating options

Ticketing for the Kentucky Derby is complex and you have many options for many different prices. Part of traveling with Bucket List Events means having our experienced travel guides giving you expert advice on how to pick the best tickets for your party’s needs.

An important thing to understand about Churchill Downs is that the higher your seat, the more valuable the ticket because you can see more of the track. From wherever your seat is located, you can always visit everything beneath you, but the reverse is not true. For example, with a 3rd floor Clubhouse seat you are free to roam around the first floor Clubhouse, but not vice versa. You can never visit upwards from where you are ticketed.

Here is our detailed breakdown of the different ticketing options for Kentucky Derby.

1. The Infield

kentucky derby infield

General admission – $100/person
The Infield is a fun, raucous area, with plenty of options for drinking, eating and betting on the races. It’s a lot like Mardi Gras. There are, however, a couple of downsides. For one thing, there are no actual seats. You will stand or sit on the ground the whole day. For another, you don’t have much of a view of the track and will instead watch the race mostly on TV screens.

If you are going with friends looking to roam, the Infield can be a very fun party. However, if you are bringing a significant other and looking for a more refined experience, then you’ll want to look at upgrade options.

 

2. The Grandstand

grandstand kentucky derby

Reserved seating starting at $475/person

The Grandstand consists of reserved bleacher seating and are located well before the finish line. They are the least expensive option for a reserved seat.

  • First floor Grandstand (section 121-128) $475/person
  • Second floor Grandstand (sections 228-222) $575/person

 

3. The Clubhouse

clubhouse kentucky derby

Reserved seating starting at $900/person

The Clubhouse consists of chairback seats. This is where you are most likely to spot women wearing big hats and men in a sport coat. Usually sold in groups of 6 or 8. In our humble opinions, the best place to watch the race is from the Tier I third floor in the Clubhouse.

  • First floor Clubhouse (section 112 and closer) $900/person
  • Second/third floor Clubhouse after finish line (sections 212, 312) $1,300/person
  • Premium first floor Clubhouse (sections 116-120) $1,400/person
  • Mid-level second/third floor Clubhouse (sections 314-315, 218-220) $1,650/person
  • Tier II third floor Clubhouse (sections 319-321) $1,700/person
  • Tier I third floor Clubhouse (sections 316-318) $2,100/person

 

4. Inside Table Seating

kentucky derby table seating

Reserved tables starting at $2,300/person
Mingle with Louisville’s elite by reserving a table in one of these exclusive rooms and boxes. You’ll have a prime view of the track and be able to watch the race behind glass. In the Turf Club, you’re likely to run into several celebrities. Tables usually accommodate 8 guests.

  • Gold Room (tables of 4) $2,300/person
  • Skye Terrace $2,900/person
  • Turf Club (boxes or tables) $3,550/person
  • Turf Club (lettered row table) $5,800/person

 

5. VIP Lounge Seating

vip kentucky derby

Exclusive lounge seating starting at $14,500/person
Get access to super secret VIP lounges, the tickets for which are not available to the general public. You’ll get table seating, an outdoor view of the track, catering, and so much more.

These tickets are guaranteed in pairs only and are extremely limited with only six seats available in each category.

  • Turf Terrace (outdoor lounge) $14,500/person
  • The Mansion (luxury treatment and private concierge) $16,500/person