Updated – June 30th, 2020 (please check back regularly for updates)
We are excited to let you know the 146th runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will be held September 4 and 5 with spectators present.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of our guests and team members. We have established a comprehensive set of operating procedures, which include a multitude of precautionary measures to be followed while fans are in attendance at our facility. Below are some of the more noteworthy guidelines developed in conjunction with criteria set forth by the Louisville Metro Health Department and Kentucky’s Healthy at Work requirements. This outline is to inform you of what to expect when visiting our historic racetrack in September. A complete list of guidelines and safety & sanitation protocols will be posted on this page in the coming weeks.
Both employees and guests are asked to take an active role in following all guidelines. We must all do our part to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you at the track!
Ticketing - Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby commemorative tickets will be replaced with mobile tickets to gain entry to the facility. Tickets for all Derby Week dates will not be sold at the box office and may be purchased online or over the phone. “How To” guides on mobile ticket management are available at www.churchilldowns.com/howtoguide.
Fan Conduct* - All guests entering the facility are encouraged to wear a cloth or other protective mask that fully covers their nose and mouth and to social distance from other guests when possible. Guests are asked to not attend if not feeling well. *Subject to change pending current public health guidelines.
Guest Safety - Guest capacity reductions will be in effect for all areas within the facility. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at key entrances and contact areas. Soap and water will be available in all restroom locations.
Facility Access - In order to reduce pedestrian congestion, access will be limited to the section of the facility for which you are ticketed.
General Admission - General admission capacity will be limited to ensure adequate space for social distancing. General admission access will be limited to the infield area and will be required to enter the track through the Infield Gate located at the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street. There will be no access to the Paddock or “front side” areas of the facility.
Parking – Kentucky Expo Center shuttle buses will have reduced capacity to ensure the ability to social distance.
Food & Beverage – Menu items will be covered and individually presented to guests instead of being served off of Chef’s tables. Menu selection will be reduced to ensure the same level of quality is maintained. Individual cutlery kits, napkins and single use condiments will be distributed to guests and all concession items will be wrapped.
Cleaning Protocols - Housekeeping staff will ensure that cleaning and sanitation of frequently touched surfaces are conducted using EPA registered household disinfectants. High touch point areas, including all seating, tabletops, and other tabletop items, door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, phones, pens, and keypads will be cleaned on a constant rotation. General guest-use restrooms will be staffed continuously to ensure restrooms are maintained to stay clean and sanitized throughout each day.
Your Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby tickets purchased for the originally scheduled May dates are automatically valid for the new September race dates. You may arrive on the new dates in September with your printed ticket or mobile ticket to be scanned for entry at the gates.
If you have purchased a ticket and are not able to attend the newly scheduled race dates, click here for more information. If your ticket was purchased from a vendor or secondary market website other than Churchill Downs, Ticketmaster.com or Derby Experiences, please contact that site directly. We are unable to process refunds for those tickets.
Racing on Tuesday through Thursday of Derby Week (April 28-30, 2020) has been rescheduled to Tuesday through Thursday, September 1-3, 2020 respectively. The Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Dawn at the Downs event has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 30, 2020 and the Wednesday April 29, 2020 Dawn at the Downs event is rescheduled to Monday, August 31, 2020. Saturday, April 25th has been rescheduled to September 19th, 2020.
Derby Week tickets purchased for the originally scheduled dates are automatically valid for the new race dates. You may arrive on the new dates in September with your printed ticket or mobile ticket to be scanned for entry at the gates. If you have purchased a ticket and are not able to attend the newly scheduled race dates, click here for more information.
The 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack is taking place spectator-free from May 16 – June 28 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
If you plan to attend a private event that was scheduled to be held at Churchill Downs, you should contact the organizer directly regarding rescheduling updates.
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