Inaugurated in 1875, to this day the Kentucky Derby with all its tradition remains one of the most recognizable events in all of sports. This year’s Kentucky Derby marks the 140th anniversary of The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. Because the Kentucky Derby represents the first leg of the Triple Crown, many regard it as one of the most prestigious and important events in horse racing.
Run every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday of May, the Kentucky Derby pits 3 year old Colts, Geldings, and Fillies against one another in a 2 kilometer (1 ¼ mile) race. Last year’s winner, Orb, ran an impressive race, but failed to capture the Preakness Stakes or the Belmont Stakes in the following Triple Crown races.
The drought of Triple Crown winners dates back to 1978, when Affirmed became the last horse to accomplish the feat. Storied stallion Seattle Slew had also accomplished the feat in the year prior to Affirmed, and eleven horses have accomplished the feat in the first 104 years of the race. However, the next Triple Crown winner will end the longest drought in the history of the title.
Given the significance of the Kentucky Derby race as the first leg of the Triple Crown, the winner always maintains strong media coverage and fan following leading up to the Preakness, as everyone asks whether or not this is the year when the Triple Crown drought comes to an end. As a result of the coverage and significance of the event, the Kentucky Derby also carries strong ticket demand, on par with that of other major sports championships such as the Super Bowl, World Series, and The Masters.
You can find Kentucky Derby Tickets at Vivid Seats. This year’s Kentucky Derby tickets average $1,079 dollars per seat. The least expensive seat at Churchill Downs currently on the market is in Section 128, Row C, the last box of seats just beyond the 3/16th Pole. Seats in this section currently price at $303 dollars. VividSeats is also offering combo packs for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, the Oaks being the event solely for Fillies on the day before Derby. These double event packages begin at $434 dollars.
Despite the strong demand a high pricing for Kentucky Derby seats, one of the features that makes the Kentucky Derby such a cherished event by people of all backgrounds is the existence of General Admission tickets for the infield grass. Currently priced on VividSeats between $50 and $100 dollars, these tickets for entry into Churchill Downs are a lower priced alternative for those who want to enter the venue, participate in the day-long party, and give themselves a chance at witnessing history. However, General Admission infield lawn tickets typically offer no view of the racetrack.
With the Kentucky Derby still a few months away, a wide variety of ticketing options are still available on the secondary market. VividSeats currently offers a myriad of ways for folks to enjoy the event, either from “Millionaire’s Row” or the infield grass. Now’s the time to get that floppy hat ready, prepare to sip some mint juleps, and secure your tickets for an experience like none other.