Kentucky Derby infield tickets will go on sale Wednesday

Kentucky Derby infield tickets will go on sale Wednesday
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A limited number of infield-only general admission tickets for the April 30 Kentucky Oaks and May 1 Kentucky Derby will go on sale at 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday on the Kentucky Derby website.

“The Kentucky Derby experience is synonymous with fun and excitement and we’re thrilled to welcome fans back to our infield,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson. “We remain committed to relying on the most recent scientific evidence we have surrounding COVID-19, and with Kentucky Derby Week three weeks away, we are encouraged by the favorable trajectory. In addition to a low positivity rate, Kentucky’s vaccination efforts have reached approximately 40 percent of adult Kentuckians with every indication that those numbers will continue to rapidly increase over the coming weeks leading into this year’s Derby.”

Derby day infield-only general admission tickets, which will not have access to the Frontside of the venue, are $75 if purchased prior to April 18; $80 if purchased between April 19-30; and $85 if purchased on Derby day. Oaks day infield-only general admission tickets, which will not have access to the Frontside of the venue, are $55 if purchased prior to April 18; $60 if purchased between April 19-29; and $65 if purchased on Oaks Day.


Two-day infield-only general admission tickets for both Oaks and Derby are $120 if purchased prior to April 18 or $135 if purchased between April 19-29.

An official program is included with all tickets.

Guests who purchase infield-only general admission tickets must enter Churchill Downs through the infield admission gate at Central Avenue and Fourth Street. The infield-only general admission tickets will not have access to the frontside of the venue.

General admission guests will have access to food and beverage options for purchase at infield concession stands. Infield guests will also have designated restrooms and wagering windows.

Additional ticket inventory to Oaks and Derby is also available, including uncovered reserved bleacher seating in the first turn; uncovered reserved box seating for six in the infield; and first and second floor grandstand reserved seats. All reserved seats include all-inclusive food, non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages.

As previously announced, reserved seats are limited to approximately 40 to 50 percent of seated capacity. General admission ticket sales will be limited to approximately 25 to 30 percent of infield capacity.

The 147th runnings of the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks and $3 million Kentucky Derby will be held on April 30 and, May 1, respectively.

Guests with tickets who are unable to attend the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks or other events can utilize the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange, the official fan-to-fan resale marketplace and only authorized resale platform, to resell tickets. The official Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange allows guests to resell tickets, charge face value or above and guarantee authenticity through Ticketmaster verified tickets.

Notification of the availability of additional tickets to Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will be made by way of email and social media.

Churchill Downs ticket options are available for other popular Derby Week events: Opening Night (Saturday, April 24); Dawn at the Downs (Sunday, April 25 and Monday, April 26); Champions Day (April 27); and Thurby (April 29).

In addition to Kentucky Derby Week, tickets are on sale for the entire 2021 Spring meet, which covers 38 dates from Saturday, April 24 through Saturday, June 26.

Notable Spring Meet events and dates include Twilight Thursdays (Thursdays, May 6-June 24); Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9); Preakness Stakes Simulcast (Saturday, May 15); Sunday Brunch (Sundays, May 16-June 20); Downs After Dark presented by Budweiser (Saturdays, May 22 and June 12); Stephen Foster Preview Day (Saturday, May 29); Memorial Day (Monday, May 31); Teacher Appreciation Day (Thursday, June 3); Belmont Stakes Simulcast (Saturday, June 5); Flag Day Observance (Sunday, June 13); Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20); and Stephen Foster Day/Closing Day (Saturday, June 26).

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