The smell of fresh cut grass and mint julips, a day-long fashion show featuring some of the most unique and creative hats, and of course the opportunity to see some of the finest thoroughbreds in the world are just a few of he perks for any one heading to the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
And with the race only three days away, there’s still a number of opportunities for racing fans to make their way to Churchill Downs. A wide range of tickets, both relatively cheap and inexpensive, are still available for the 141st Run for the Roses taking place Saturday afternoon in Louisville.
For fans hoping to watch one of the two favorites, American Pharoah or Dortmund, or the rest of the 20-throughoughbred field try to tackle the 1 1/4-mile dirt track there are spots in the infield as well as in the stands and the decked-out luxury areas.
The secondary ticket market also offers spectators lots of opportunities to pick and choose where they’ll watch the first leg of the Triple Crown, but at a significant premium in many cases.
General admission tickets can still be purchased through the Derby’s official website, with the price ranging from $55 per ticket for a pre-order to $60 if purchased the day of the race.
For the high rollers who want a special view of the Derby, spots in the Luxury Trackside Club can also be found on the track’s site.
Offering a prime piece of temporary real estate for both the Derby on Saturday and the Oaks race on Friday, the club features a view of the homestretch, private service from bartenders and attendants, parking and shuttle service to the track, and access to a three-tiered balcony. However, there is a price catch with the Trackside Suite costing $3,400 per person.
Much like the NFL, Churchill Downs is also offering racing fans the opportunity to purchase a personal seat license, or PSL. A three-year agreement, the PSL guarantees a spot in an array of sections around the grounds, including the three clubhouse tiers, the third floor grandstand boxes, or the indoor dining table section. Each does come at a hefty price, ranging from $1,200 to as much as $46,000, and requires a 50 percent deposit at the signing of the agreement.
On secondary market site StubHub, the cheapest ticket is $66 for general admission, which means would-be spectators would be better served going through the Derby’s box office.
But for those willing to splurge, the most expensive ticket currently costs $9,756 for access to the turf terrace, which gives the ticket holder an almost perfect view of the homestretch and finish line.
For those unsure where there seats are located, or looking to confirm where the seats they’re about to buy actually are, check out the seating chart below.