Less than nine months after Authentic won the 2020 Kentucky Derby — the first one ever NOT run on the first Saturday in May — Churchill Downs hopes to return to something slightly resembling normal on Saturday, May 1, 2021 with the 147th Run for the Roses. The scaled-down event will be among the first few to return to their regular spots on the sports calendar after a COVID-19 jumbled 2020.
Where to Buy 2021 Kentucky Derby Tickets
Primary market infield-only general admission tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 7th at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster. 2-Day Packages, All-Inclusive FirstTurn and Infield Reserved Seats, All-Inclusive Reserved and Box Seating and Dining Hospitality Seats are already available. Should a situation arise when fans aren't allowed at the venue or the Derby is cancelled, fans will receive a refund less shipping and handling fees.
On the secondary market TicketIQ has Fee-Free Kentucky Derby tickets, which also include a Refund Guarantee. Our Refund Guarantee states that if an event is canceled or deem unfit for fans to attend, TicketIQ will refund ticket buyers in as soon as 15 days. That means that you can buy from TicketIQ worry-free. Customers on TicketIQ save between 15%-25% compared to other secondary market ticketing sites.
How Much Are Kentucky Derby Tickets
On TicketIQ, two-day passes for both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks available. Those who want an unrivaled experience could take the opportunity to purchase seats in the coveted “Millionaires Row” section, for $11,837 in Row 4, Row B-C or $14,091 in Row 4, Row A. Millionaires Row tickets include unlimited food and beverage, including alcohol. Tables are located inside a climate-controlled area with full glass windows fronting the track and overlooking the finish line.
For those with a more limited budget, seats in the infield are available for $596 while the cheapest reserved seats start at $2,075 in Section 113, Row I-Combo, just past the finish line.
2021 Kentucky Derby Attendance Policy
If you’re lucky enough to get into Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, be prepared to follow the standard COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a mask at nearly all times (except when actively eating or drinking) and practicing social distancing. According to the Kentucky Derby website, anyone failing to adhere to the protocols will get a warning. Those requiring a second warning instead will be escorted from the venue.
Churchill Downs will limit the crowd, and tickets will first be made available to those with “contractual” seating agreements at the venue — personal seat license holders, members of certain clubs/organizations, and annual ticket holders. Among those who will have access to tickets are Season Box ticket holders, Turf Club members, and Twin Spires members.
Those groups will get right of first refusal. Any remaining tickets will be made available to 2020 ticket holders who got refunds. As the race gets closer, Churchill Downs officials may make more tickets available depending on the success of the current COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Every ticket will be all-inclusive in an effort to limit the amount of time that patrons spend in line and how much they will move around the venue.
According to the Kentucky Derby website, the number of reserved seats that will be sold will be limited to 40-50%, and general admission tickets will go on sale based upon social distancing requirements. The same health and safety protocols will apply to all areas of the facility, both indoors and outdoors.