How Much Are Kentucky Derby® Tickets?

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Mon, Jun 1, 2015

Something tells me you want to go to the Kentucky Derby. Am I right or am I right? The Kentucky Derby is quite the thriller and definitely one of the biggest events of the year, so it makes perfect sense. Plus, where else can you go to witness the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”?

Now, let’s cut to the chase. You want to know how much Kentucky Derby tickets cost, right?

Well, the short answer to your question is this: It depends.

I know that’s probably not the answer you really wanted. But the reality is, the cost of Kentucky Derby tickets is based on several different factors.  Primarily though, the price of your ticket will depend on where you buy it from and where you want to sit at the Derby.

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Where You Buy

When it comes to buying Kentucky Derby tickets, you have various options as to where you buy them. Whether you buy from a ticket broker, through a travel agent, or directly from Churchill Downs, ticket prices will vary and sometimes even fluctuate leading up to the event.

The secondary market may seem like a good idea at first, but many times you will end up paying more for a ticket than it is actually worth. StubHub,, and the like are known for reselling tickets at much higher prices, because after all, they need to get a return. The problem is, not only are you not actually guaranteed your ticket, but that so called ticket could end up costing you an arm and a leg. Plus, when demand is high, prices will likely escalate quite a bit.

On the other hand, when you buy from the Official Provider, your tickets come directly from Churchill Downs and are not subject to market fluctuations. In other words, you are guaranteed a ticket AND a fixed price. Plus with Official Ticket Packages, you end up getting a better experience in the long run!

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Where You Sit

Kentucky Derby ticket prices also depend on where you sit. As you could probably guess, typically the better the seat the more it will cost. However, you have plenty of options for where you can sit, including but not limited to: Millionaires Row, Turf Club, Trophy Room, The Derby Room, Clubhouses and the Grandstand.

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Premium packages for Millionaires Row, Turf Club, Trophy Room and The Derby Room are top of the line and will give you a high-end experience with the best views of the track.

Premium seating can give you a first-hand view of the track’s finish line. You can also network with corporate leaders and catch sight of celebrities. Plus, some seating locations even offer views of the Paddock area where the horses, jockeys and trainers are preparing for the race

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Clubhouse packages fall in the middle-tier and give you incredible views. You can be close to the racing action in a lower level section that gives you sight line of the start and finish of the race. You can also choose an elevated section with a better view of the entire track.

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Grandstand seating is the most cost-efficient option and allows you to attend the Kentucky Derby without breaking the bank. The downside of Grandstand seating is that you will not be able to see how the horses finish.

Regardless of which section you choose, a general rule of thumb is that seats higher and further away from the track are considered better and higher quality seats.

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As you can see there is no cut and dry answer to how much Kentucky Derby tickets cost. It really does depend on what you are looking for and where you choose to buy your ticket.

If you want to go to the Kentucky Derby and are curious as to what kind of ticket packages are out there, check out Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages direct from Churchill Downs. From exclusive parties to top notch seating locations, there’s something everyone can enjoy!

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