Kentucky Derby Tickets

Louisville, UNITED STATES: A Kentucky Derby fan seen in the paddock area 05 May 2007 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky before the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby later in the day. (JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Because demand for seats at the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks far outweigh seating capacity at the racecourse, Churchill Downs uses a loyalty system – long-standing members of its Twin Spires Club and supporters of the course are invited to purchase Kentucky Derby tickets. A set number of Grandstand tickets are reserved for the general public, although these sell out very fast.

General Admissions tickets, which are for standing room only and provide access to the Paddock and Infield areas, are available to the public on the days of the races. General admission for the Kentucky Oaks costs $25.00, and general admission for the Kentucky Derby costs $40.00 per person. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

For more information about the seating options at the Kentucky Derby racecourse, visit our Churchill Downs page.

A range of secondary ticket dealers sell Kentucky Derby tickets and packages online, for varying prices. For tickets, you can try sites such as:

Whether or not you can make it to the Kentucky Derby in person, start considering your favourites for the 135th running of the race now! NBC will be providing full coverage of the event.