Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Travel  > Attending the Kentucky Derby

Attending the Kentucky Derby Cost


How Much Does Attending the Kentucky Derby Cost?

 
low costAirfare: $600-$1,000+ Per Personaverage costTickets: $40-$6,000+ Per Personhigh costHotel: $680-$4,100+ Per Couple
post E-mail post Post  

The first of three races known as the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs[1] in Louisville, KY. Three-year-old thoroughbred horses run the 1.25-mile track in what is known by many as the "most exciting two minutes in sports." Tickets vary in price and availability, depending on the view of the track and amenities.

Typical costs:

  • General admission[2] tickets cost $40 and include access to paddocks where horses can be viewed for about 25 minutes before each race, the infield, and other standing-room only areas. No view of the racetrack is included; however, the races may be seen on one of the many small and large screens set up in all the general admission areas and the infield. Also guests have access to the wagering booths. The infield[3] has a party atmosphere where race and bourbon enthusiasts gather, while the opposite end tends to be more similar to a family-style picnic.
  • Grandstand seating sits in front of the home stretch and costs about $375-$1,050, depending on the view of the track, hospitality -- whether a wait staff brings food and beverages directly to the seat holder -- and if the seat is under cover. The lower priced seats are typically backless bleachers.
  • Clubhouse tickets cost $550-$3,900, depending on level, covering, hospitality and view of the finish line. These folding chairs sit in front of the finish line. The closer to the final wire, the higher the price.
  • Premium Kentucky Derby tickets at many of the suites cost about $1,850-$4,000 or more per person, depending on view of the finish line and level of hospitality--from in-suite service to full table dining. Top dollar suites and clubs have both air-conditioned rooms with views of the track and optional terraces or balconies directly above the field. Typically purchased by corporations, the suite sizes vary from 50 up to 175 in capacity and include catering, parking passes, open bar and souvenir programs. Turf club celebrity seating with dining at tables of eight at a glass-front window overlooking the finish line typically costs $4,150-$6,000 per person, depending on the track view.
  • Lodging prices vary by level of hotel. A three-star inn without connected Derby tickets or track shuttles can cost about $680-$2,100 for four nights for two people. Four- and five-star hotel packages[4] with transportations to the racetrack, tickets to Derby cocktail events and included programs and souvenirs cost about $3,950-$4,100 per couple for four nights, depending on level of room and location.
  • Economy or coach airfare to Louisville costs about $600-$1,035 from New York, $500-$1,000 from Los Angeles and $200-$720 from Chicago, depending on the airline, trip distance and travel dates. Several major airlines fly into Louisville including United and Southwest[5] .
Related articles: Attending the Triple Crown

What should be included:
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks may be brought into Churchill Downs following strict guidelines[6] . Jeans, shorts, sundresses or other comfortable clothing is recommended in general admission areas. Tarps, blankets and chairs are only allowed through gates 1 and 3. Dress code in all reserved seating areas includes no collarless t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, shorts or athletic apparel. Most women dress in pastels or bold colors and many don traditional hats[7] . Men generally wear sports coats and ties.
  • Some hotels may offer free on-site parking or complimentary breakfast.
Additional costs:
  • All parking is sold in advance at about $215 and is reserved. Neighboring homes and businesses sell race day parking spots for $20 and up. Remote parking is also provided at nearby stadiums for $8-$15, no reservations are needed. Call 502-636-4400 for parking information. Miller Transportation[8] is an official partner of Churchill Downs and provides shuttles from the downtown area and remote parking areas from $10-$20, depending on location.
  • The traditional Kentucky Derby mint julep is made from bourbon, mint and sugar syrup and costs about $9. Beer prices are $3-$6.
  • For premium seats like those in Millionaires Row, a Personal Seat License[9] must be purchased first that covers three to five years.
Shopping for attending the kentucky derby:
  • Tickets for the Kentucky Derby may be purchased online through Churchill Downs[10] or KentuckyDerby.com[11] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Attending the Kentucky Derby
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Ticket: Number of Days: 
Airline: Hotel: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.kentuckyderby.com/visit/maps-directions
  2.  www.churchilldowns.com/tickets/ga
  3.  www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/scene
  4.  www.roadtrips.com/kentucky-derby.aspx
  5.  www.southwest.com/html/cs/travel_center/routemap_dyn.html?int=GSUBNAV-AIR-ROUTEMAP
  6.  www.kentuckyderby.com/visit/security-information
  7.  www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/fashion
  8.  www.millertransportation.com/
  9.  www.churchilldowns.com/tickets/seat-licenses
  10.  www.churchilldowns.com/tickets
  11.  www.kentuckyderby.com/tickets
More Travel Topics
Check Out All Costs for Travel How Much Does a Eurail Pass Cost? How Much Does Theme Park Admission Cost? How Much Does Attending the Kentucky Derby Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Insulation and labor of sump pump
Paid: 11000.00
My 87 year old mother was just told by Roto Rooter it would cost her 11,000 for a submersible sump pump to be instaled and connected to her city sewer... [more]
-Maryizene
Sump Pump Cost
Disposals
Paid: 265.00
$265.00 is about the going rate for a badger 5 disposal in the Cincinnati area.... [more]
-Mark45236
Garbage Disposal Cost
timing belt, water pump and thermostat
Paid: 800.00
My car over heated and the thermostat needle was fully up. They replaced the water pump, thermostat, timing belt and other old hoses once they were inside the engine...plus an oil change. in my 1998 Pathfinder. All is well after that... [more]
-CBG
Replacing a Timing Belt Cost
Dentures
Paid: 6000.00
This will be my second set of dentures. I've learned there are different types for different budgets. My first pair were premium and lasted over 25 years... [more]
-MaggieMae 368
Dentures Cost
Gift of love
Paid: 300.00
I just made my son's wedding cake. It was 4 tiers, with a rough frosting exterior. The frosting was made with real butter and whipping cream. The cake layers were baked from scratch. It cost $300 for the ingredients and supplies... [more]
-Debobo
Wedding Cake Cost
Home visit, euthanasia & communal cremation
Paid: 300.00
Our experience was very similar to Sharlene's in Anaheim. Our lab (70 lbs.) was almost 15. He was given a sedative (shot) first. We had the convertible couch bed open in the living room... [more]
-Mary K Swift
Pet Euthanasia Cost