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For 2019, the cheapest ticket to see the 145th running of the Derby is an infield General Admission ticket, which is available for $88. While that's a pretty good deal, it doesn't come with a seat and is standing room only. Below is a breakdown of all the other options for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
- $358 is the cheapest option for a seated ticket is in Lower Grandstand 128, which is close to the 3/16th pole.
- $509 for standing room tickets in the 3rd-floor walkaround
- $561 for 200-level Mezzanine Grandstand tickets
- $865 For Upper Club Tickets in 300s section
- $969 Tickets in Lower Grandstand 120 in Row B are going for $969.
For racing fans who find those prices a little too rich, Kentucky Oaks tickets on Friday are about 75% cheaper than the Derby, with Lower Grandstand tickets starting at $68. Upper Club tickets start at $202.
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Check out the complete list of ticket prices and travel below, according to data provided by TicketIQ and priceline.com:
Triple Crown Race #1 – Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, May 7
Resale Market Average Ticket Price: $935.31
Cheapest Listed Ticket: $83
National Average Roundtrip Airfare to Louisville: $609 (down from $629 in 2015)
3-Star Hotel Rate Range: $299-$899
2-Star Hotel Rate Range: $234-$899
Triple Crown Race #2 – Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore, May 21
Resale Market Average Ticket Price: $174.47
Cheapest Listed Ticket: $52
National Average Roundtrip Airfare to Baltimore: $217 (down from $277 in 2015)
National Average Roundtrip Airfare to Washington: $274 (down from $296 in 2015)
4-Star Hotel Rate Range: $197-$359
Triple Crown Race #3 – Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY June 11
Resale Market Average Ticket Price: $337.22
Cheapest Listed Ticket: $30
National Average Roundtrip Airfare to NY Metro Airports: $288 (down from $305 in 2015)
National Average Roundtrip Airfare to Westchester County Airport: $184 (down from $337 in 2015)
3-Star Hotel Rate Range: $179-$329
2-Star Hotel Rate Range: $152-$186
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.
Currently, tickets for the Derby have an $800.60 average price on the secondary market. The price has dropped 17 percent since the middle of February when the average price was $966, but it is still pacing to be between the secondary market prices of 2012 and 2013. Last year, the average price was $763.54 and represented a big drop from 2012. That race, won by I’ll Have Another, had an average price of $908.52, the highest price since TiqIQ has kept track of data. The price dropped 16 percent to 2013 and almost 12 percent from 2012 to this year.
Even with the lower average price last year, most general admission and infield tickets were sold before the race, leaving a $245 get-in price at race time. This year, there are still a large amount of general admission tickets available for a get-in price of just $54. The general admission tickets on the infield bring limited viewing of the race itself, though that’s usually not a high concern for a majority of those patrons. The infield area is synonymous with a day-long party during the event with a much different atmosphere than the mint julep section of the crowd. Using that last two years as a base, the general admission tickets won’t last long on the secondary market, leaving last minute ticket buyers to look to the Grandstands for the cheapest seats.
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.
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:
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- Average Price: $384.76
- High Price: $896.66
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- Average Price: $1373.11
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- Quantity: 1033
- Average Price: $62.19
- High Price: $102.30
- Low Price: $52
- Trend: -3%