Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Coin Silver, with jockey Patrick Valenzuela races during the 131st Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2005 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Giacomo and jockey Mike Smith won the 131st Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Churchill Downs has been home to the Kentucky Derby since it was first run in 1875. Famous for its twin spires, the racecourse has a long history of hosting top-notch graded races, including the Belmont Stakes.

The course at Churchill Downs is a left-handed, 1-mile dirt track – although the Kentucky Derby is raced over 1 ¼ miles.

Churchill Down Seating

Churchill Down Racecourse provides a large number of seating options, from the very luxurious Millionaire’s Row to straightforward Grandstand seats.

Millionaire’s Row

There are two floors available in Millionaire’s Row, from where top celebrities and other well-to-do patrons watch the races in style. Seating in the Millionaire’s Row is at tables of eight, each with a personal server. Access to a bar and a full menu is provided. Spectators in the Millionaire’s Row have the best view of the racing from a tiered balcony.

Gold Room

The Gold Room is designed with hard-core race betting in mind. It’s located on the 6th floor of the Clubhouse, next to Millionaire’s Row. Seating is in private booths with personal servers, betting facilities and access to a full bar. Race viewing is from the four-tiered seating on the 6th floor balcony.

Skye Terrace

The Skye Terrace consists of sections 613, 614, 513, 514 and 412-414 on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Clubhouse. Seating is at reserved tables with personal server, and a full menu and bar are available.

Turf Club

Seating in the Turf Club section of Churchill Downs is at tables with an excellent view of the race track. Top celebrities are often spotted here, and a gourmet buffet is provided. A bar is available, but you need to pay for drinks.

3rd Floor Clubhouse (Matt Winn Room)

The Matt Winn Room is an exclusive dining area located on the 3rd floor of the Clubhouse. It doesn’t provide views of the race track, but access to the 3rd floor of the Clubhouse or lower and to the Grandstand sections is included.

Interior Premium Boxes

Interior Premium Box seats are available on the 3rd floor of the Clubhouse. These sections are separated from the Clubhouse seats by glass and provide an excellent view down to the finish line. A waiting service is provided.

2nd Floor Clubhouse (Silks and Champions)

There are two VIP reserved lounge areas on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse. Both provide table seating with a waiting service, but not views of the race track – although televisions are located throughout. Silks is a non-smoking lounge, whereas smoking is allowed in the Champions.

Jockey Club Suites

Jockey Club Suites are located on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the Suite level before the finish line. These are fully-catered suites with bars and an open buffet. Not all tables provide good views of the racing, but viewing is excellent from a private balcony.

Suite Level (Oaks, Derby, Triple Crown Rooms)

Three meeting rooms are located in the Jockey Club Suite level. Seating in each room is at tables, and buffet and bar services are included. The Triple Crown Room is on the 5th floor. For good race viewing, you can move to the 6th floor balcony. The Oaks Room and Derby Room are located on the 4th floor, with good viewing from the 4th floor balcony.

Trackside Village

Trackside Village is situated on the legendary Turn 1 at Churchill Downs. It provides outstanding views of the races, and includes VIP amenities with buffet and full bar. Closed-circuit televisions, pari-mutuel windows and self-betting machines are available.

Clubhouse Sections

Clubhouse sections are on the first three floors of the Churchill Downs Clubhouse. Seats in these sections include access to bars, food courts, mutuel windows and betting machines throughout the Clubhouse. The best race viewing is available from Clubhouse sections on the third floor. No complimentary food or drinks are included.

Grandstand Sections

Grandstand seating provides excellent views of the racing, but doesn’t include complimentary food, drinks or private betting facilities.

General Admission

General admission tickets, which can be purchased on the day of the Kentucky Derby, provide standing room in an infield area along the track.

For more information about facilities at the course, visit our Churchill Downs facilities page.