A Ticket to the Kentucky Derby May Cost More Than a World Series Ticket
For just the two-minute run of the Kentucky Derby, which will be run for the 145th time on Saturday, the ticket prices are particularly expensive. The most expensive tickets available the day before the race are $2,600. That gets someone a seat in a box near the finish line. The Winner’s Circle Suites only hold 18 people, however, those suites have their own balconies, wagering machines, food catering and bars.
At the lower end, attendees can still get in for much less to attend the oldest continuously held sporting event in America. The Kentucky Derby draws about 150,000 fans to the Churchill Downs Racetrack each year. Really cheap seats are on sale for under $200. That buys someone a seat at the far end of the track, well away from the famous grandstand where the owners and their friends have lavish parties and enjoy what horse-racing fans consider “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” And these are the fastest horses in the race’s history.
Attendees can come through the gates as early as 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The race isn’t run until 6:50 p.m., which gives people hours to party or look back at the most iconic horses to race in the Kentucky Derby.