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How To Find The Cheapest Kentucky Derby Tickets + 2021 Attendance Policy
Less than nine months after Authentic won the 2020 Kentucky Derby — the first one ever NOT run on the first Saturday in May — Churchill Downs hopes to return to something slightly resembling normal on Saturday, May 1, 2021 with the 147th Run for the Roses. The scaled-down event will be among the first few to return to their regular spots on the sports calendar after a COVID-19 jumbled 2020.
Where to Buy 2021 Kentucky Derby Tickets
Individual tickets and ticket packages are available on the secondary market via the Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange and secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ. The Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange is the official Kentucky Derby secondary market ticket seller, and tickets to the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and a Day at the Races are available through the platform, which is powered by Ticketmaster. Should a situation arise when fans aren't allowed at the venue or the Derby is cancelled, fans will receive a refund less shipping and handling fees.
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How Much Are Kentucky Derby Tickets
On TicketIQ, two-day passes for both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks available. Those who want an unrivaled experience could take the opportunity to purchase seats in the coveted “Millionaires Row” section, for $11,837 in Row 4, Row B-C or $14,091 in Row 4, Row A. Millionaires Row tickets include unlimited food and beverage, including alcohol. Tables are located inside a climate-controlled area with full glass windows fronting the track and overlooking the finish line.
For those with a more limited budget, seats in the infield are available for $596 while the cheapest reserved seats start at $2,075 in Section 113, Row I-Combo, just past the finish line.
2021 Kentucky Derby Attendance Policy
If you’re lucky enough to get into Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, be prepared to follow the standard COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a mask at nearly all times (except when actively eating or drinking) and practicing social distancing. According to the Kentucky Derby website, anyone failing to adhere to the protocols will get a warning. Those requiring a second warning instead will be escorted from the venue.
Churchill Downs will limit the crowd, and tickets will first be made available to those with “contractual” seating agreements at the venue — personal seat license holders, members of certain clubs/organizations, and annual ticket holders. Among those who will have access to tickets are Season Box ticket holders, Turf Club members, and Twin Spires members.
Those groups will get right of first refusal. Any remaining tickets will be made available to 2020 ticket holders who got refunds. As the race gets closer, Churchill Downs officials may make more tickets available depending on the success of the current COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Every ticket will be all-inclusive in an effort to limit the amount of time that patrons spend in line and how much they will move around the venue.
According to the Kentucky Derby website, the number of reserved seats that will be sold will be limited to 40-50%, and general admission tickets won't go on sale until Derby Week.
UPDATE: On August 21st it was announced that the 2020 Kentucky Derby will be held without fans.
“We were confident in that plan, but dedicated to remaining flexible using the best and most reliable information available,” the statement said. “With the current significant increases in Covid-19 cases in Louisville as well as across the region, we needed to again revisit our planning. We have made the difficult decision to hold this year’s Kentucky Derby on September 5 without fans.”
For the first time in history, the Kentucky Derby will not be the first jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the race, usually scheduled for the first Saturday in May, is set for Saturday, September 5th.
It was also recently announced that attendance for the race would be limited to 23,000 fans and that there would be no general admission seating and the infield would be closed. Standing-room-only tickets have also been eliminated. Reserved seating will be limited to 40% capacity. Last year, attendance for the Derby was 150,729.
Based on the limited attendance, the estimated ticket market value losses for the Kentucky Derby is just over $181 million. That estimate is based on secondary market value*number of seats based on last year's attendance figures. This is not a precise measure, but the simplest way to benchmark the magnitude of losses for the event.