An Early Look At Kentucky Derby Tickets

The biggest event is horse racing is approaching at the start of May. The Kentucky Derby will be held on May 3 this year. The race itself caps off a two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville. Kentucky Derby tickets are always one of the most popular gets of all sporting events. Churchill Downs plays host every year the 1 ¼ mile race that acts as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Last year’s winning horse, Orb, failed to win the Preakness Stakes a few years later, continuing the trend of no Triple Crown winners since Affirmed in 1978. 2012’s Derby Winner I’ll Have Another came close, winning both the Derby and Preakness, but had to withdraw from the Belmont Stakes due to injury.

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There are many different ways to enjoy attending the Kentucky Derby. Tickets on the infield are cheaper general admission, but come with very limited ability to see the race take place. Instead, infield seats are more connected with rowdy parties throughout the day. On the other hand, “Millionaire’s Row” hosts many of the wealthy and celebrities where the images of mint juleps and women in large fancy hats occur.

“The Run for the Roses,” as the Derby is referred to, is always a star-studded event, but plenty of tickets are available to get-in before “My Old Kentucky Home” is played. The Derby is the biggest of all the major horse races, with more attendance than the Preakness, Belmont and Breeders’ Cup. Demand for Preakness Stakes tickets immediately increase after the the Derby runs as do Belmont Stakes tickets. It’s still early to know the exact horses that will run in the Derby, but once they are announced and favorites are figured out, expect tickets for the Kentucky Derby to increase in demand as well.

(UPDATE) Here's a breakdown of ticket prices for all sections as of Friday, March 14th:

There are now 16,480 Kentucky Derby tickets available with an average price of $866.83. Below is a breakdown of all zones at Churchill Downs and tickets prices for those zones:

Lower Grandstand

  • Quantity: 4659
  • Average Price: $384.76
  • High Price: $896.66
  • Low Price: $240 li>Trend: -5%

Lower Clubhouse

  • Quantity: 3090
  • Average Price: $782.53
  • High Price: $3200
  • Low Price: $359 li>Trend: +1%

Mezzanine Grandstand

  • Quantity: 1663
  • Average Price: $490.80
  • High Price: $910.84
  • Low Price: $352 li>Trend: -3%

Mezzanine Clubhouse

  • Quantity: 144
  • Average Price: $1373.11
  • High Price: $2143
  • Low Price: $859 li>Trend: -1%

Upper Grandstand

  • Quantity: 1621
  • Average Price: $819.32
  • High Price: $1116.66
  • Low Price: $574 li>Trend: -1%

Upper Clubhouse

  • Quantity: 4260
  • Average Price: $1766.67
  • High Price: $4096.11
  • Low Price: $824 li>Trend: -2%

400's

  • N/A

500's

  • N/A

600's

  • Quantity: 10
  • Average Price: $2276
  • High Price: $2349
  • Low Price: $2203 li>Trend: N/A

GA

  • Quantity: 1033
  • Average Price: $62.19
  • High Price: $102.30
  • Low Price: $52
  • Trend: -3%

 

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