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Attending the Triple Crown Cost


How Much Does Attending the Triple Crown Cost?

 
low costPreakness Stakes: $50-$315 Per Personaverage costBelmont Stakes: $44-$3,065 Per Personhigh costKentucky Derby: $40-$6,000 Per Person

The Triple Crown is the culmination of three races for three-year-old thoroughbreds starting each year with the Kentucky Derby, then followed by the Preakness and Belmont stakes. Ticket costs vary by location and track view.

Typical costs:

  • The 1.25-mile Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Costs start with the standing-room-only $50 general admission ticket with viewing from one of the many large television screens. Grandstand seats cost about $375-$995 and vary from backless bleachers to covered seating with full food services. Clubhouse seating is closest to the finish line and costs about $470-$3,500 per person, depending on the finish line view and level of hospitality. Derby suites typically cost about $1,850-$6,500 or more per person. Food and beverages in lower-end suites are provided in a buffet style, while the top tickets offer tables of eight fine-dining experiences in air-conditioned glass-walled rooms with clear track views.
  • The 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes[1] runs annually on the third Sunday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. General Admission allows access to standing room only areas with no track view at $25 per person. Tickets for the infield festivities, including live performances and no direct view of the race cost $50-$60. Admission to the infield Mug Club costs $60-$80 for the day of the event and all beer is included. Grandstand Upper Reserved spots along with Concourse Reserve and box seats cost $90 -$225. The Turfside Terrace offers premium seating, a gourmet luncheon, beverages and program for $400.
  • The Belmont Stakes[2] thoroughbred race is held every June in Elmont, NY, two weeks after the Preakness Stakes. General admission and general admission clubhouse[3] tickets cost $10-$20 each. Grandstand or clubhouse seats are about $20-$120 each, depending on the track view. The premium spots are found at the Garden Terrace at about $2,520 and at the Owner's Box at $3,690.
  • Packages that include tickets and lodging are available through a number of sources. For example, Offical Kentucky Derby packages[4] start at $2,299 per person for clubhouse tickets with three nights lodging, and can cost up to $9,599 per person for Millionaires Row tickets with a VIP fast access pass and three nights lodging. Roadtrips.com offers Preakness Stakes packages[5] with two nights lodging for $655-$895 per person, and Belmont Stakes packages[6] with two nights lodging for $995-$1,995,depending on hotel and amenities that range from shuttles to Broadway tickets.
Related articles: Attending the Kentucky Derby

What should be included:
  • At each course a general admission ticket typically includes only access to the betting window, television monitoring of the event and optional viewing of the horses prior to the race. Individual tickets in the grandstand and clubhouse levels may include seat-side food and beverage service (typically for an additional fee; prices vary at each location).
Additional costs:
  • Food and beverage prices vary by location. Some outdoor non-alcoholic drinks and foods may be brought in. Check the field's requirements before arrival.
  • Remote parking at the Kentucky Derby costs about $8-$15 with round-trip shuttle fees of $15-$20; all parking at the track is reserved and sold in advance, and is typically not available to the public; a private reserved parking space near the track can cost $245 or more. A parking space costs $10-$40 at the Belmont Stakes (no valet parking is offered) and $30-$165 at the Preakness Stakes.
  • It's not mandatory to bet on the races, but these are gambling events. Typically the minimum bet is $2. Preakness.com explains how to wager on a horse race[7] .
Discounts:
  • Check public transit to avoid parking fees.
Shopping for attending the triple crown:
  • Race tickets may be purchased through the Preakness Stakes[8] , the BelmontStakes.com (Ticketmaster)[9] and KentuckyDerby.com[10] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.preakness.com/
  2.  www.belmontstakes.com/
  3.  www.belmontstakes.com/experience/general_admission_info.aspx
  4.  www.kentuckyderby.com/visit/travel-lodging
  5.  www.roadtrips.com/preakness-stakes.aspx
  6.  www.roadtrips.com/belmont-stakes.aspx
  7.  www.preakness.com/race-info/wagering-101-winning-preakness
  8.  www.preakness.com/tickets/seating-information
  9.  www.belmontstakes.com/experience/tickets.aspx
  10.  www.kentuckyderby.com/tickets
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