The Kentucky Derby

Best Time to Buy Kentucky Derby Tickets

Buying Kentucky Derby Tickets

The Triple Crown kicks off every May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky with the running of the Kentucky Derby. Some great winners took their first step to fame with a win in “The Run for the Roses.” There was Secretariat, whose run around the oval in 1973 set a track time on his way to the first Triple Crown in 25 years. There was the late Barbaro, who set a record (at the time) with a 6 and a half-length victory over the rest of the field in 2006. And there was American Pharaoh, whose Derby win in 2015 was the first of three victories that ended a 30-year Triple Crown drought.

Now is the best time to secure your seats for the “Run for the Roses.” Be there for the next run of the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs is the 150,000 (or more) seat home of the Kentucky Derby. We have your ticket to see the first gem in the Triple Crown from anywhere inside the race track in Louisville.

Cheap Kentucky Derby Tickets are available in the form of General Admission seats. These seats either allow you to bring in a chair and blanket so you can watch the race on Churchill Down’s 4K screen or in the Historic Paddock area where you can watch the horses get ready for each race.

Make it Memorable

Reserved outdoor seating provides you with the best view of the racing action. Sections 121-123 and 221-223 give you a great view of the horses as they push hard toward the finish on the lower level of the grandstands.

Sections 318-321 put you right by the finish line in the form of six-person box seats.

Best Seats at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs offers two sections of premium seating.

The Angry Orchard Club offers a view from right at the starting gate. These reserved seats are covered. Ticket holders have access to all-inclusive catering and an open bar. There are also exclusive restrooms and wagering windows.

The Courtyard sits right on the rail at the home stretch. Ticketholders gain access to an indoor food and beverage area with a premium bar and exclusive restrooms.

Make the Most of Your Day

After you secure your spot for the big race, make sure you plan out the rest of your trip. Race week starts the Saturday before with “Opening Night,” a wonderful mix of horse racing and the arts. Watch the horses train Tuesday through Thursday morning of Derby week and enjoy a breakfast buffet as you do. Racing takes place every night throughout the week, including the Kentucky Oaks, the world’s most lucrative race for three-year-old fillies the Friday night before the Derby. Also, check out the Taste of Derby at the KFC Yum Center and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum.

How to buy Kentucky Derby Tickets

Here is the place to secure your seats for the Kentucky Derby. Whether you want to say you were there with a seat with General Admission tickets or want a seat with premium amenities, the tickets are here. Get the cheapest seats to see the Kentucky Derby using the listings on this page. Be sure to check out our Preakness and Belmont ticket listings as well.


Written by Ticket Man

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