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Derby Week Parking 2021


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Plan your arrival. Select your dates below:


Opening Night - Wednesday
Thurby
Kentucky Oaks & Derby Day


Onsite Parking

Onsite Parking at Churchill Downs will be available from Opening Night through Wednesday, April 28th. Parking is first come, first served including ADA spaces. Some lots will be reserved for hang tag holders.

All onsite parking at Churchill Downs is reserved on Thurby, Oaks and Derby. Appropriate hang tags and mobile passes will be required for entry at all lots.


Lot Times

Opening Night lots open: 4:00 p.m.

Dawn at the Downs lots open: 5:30 a.m.

Tuesday- Thursday lots open: 10:30 a.m.

Oaks & Derby days lots open: 8:30 a.m.


Rideshare and Taxi Service

Opening Night - Wednesday guest drop-offs/pick ups will be at Kentucky Derby Drive between Queen and Thornberry

Opening Night: 4:00p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Champions Day: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


On Thurby, Oaks and Derby, guests may utilize rideshare and taxi options with drop off at Jim Patterson stadium via 3rd Street and pick up at Brown Lot next to Wagner's Pharmacy.


Hotel Shuttles

Opening Night - Wednesday guest drop-offs/pick-ups will be at Kentucky Derby Drive between Queen and Thornberry

Opening Night: 4:00p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Champions Day: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Oaks & Derby guest drop-offs/pick-ups will be at Jim Patterson Stadium.


Central Avenue Closures

Thurby- Traffic will be restricted along Central Avenue from Taylor to Third Street starting at 10:00am.

Oaks and Derby – Traffic will be restricted along Central Avenue from Taylor to 3rd Street and Oakdale Avenue from Southern Parkway to Central Ave starting at 8:00am.


Guests Drop-Offs

Opening Night - Wednesday guest drop-offs/pick-ups will be at Kentucky Derby Drive between Queen and Thornberry

Opening Night: 4:00p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Champions Day: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Thurby, Oaks & Derby

No onsite guest drop-offs are permitted without a pre-purchased Derby Drive Drop-off Pass.  Guests with a pre-purchased pass can be dropped off at our Derby Drive Drop-off zone.  Passes are good for Drop-off only.


Guest Drop-off Zone hours:

Thurby: 10:30 a.m. - 6:45pm

Oaks: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Derby: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.


If you wish to purchase a drop-off pass, each pass is $50 on Thurby and $250 for a 2-day pass for Oaks/Derby. They can be purchased by contacting (502) 636-4450 for assistance while supplies last.


Shuttles

On Thurby, Oaks & Derby guest shuttles will run from Churchill Downs to the Kentucky Exposition Center.


Park & Walk

On Oaks and Derby guests can park at Cardinal Stadium Purple Lot A and walk to Churchill Downs.


For those guests requiring ADA-accessibility, the pedestrian crossings at 3rd Street and 9th Street are recommended.


Neighborhood Parking

Parking may also be available in the neighborhoods surrounding Churchill Downs.  Please be advised Churchill Downs does not own all property or parking lots adjacent to the racetrack facility. Some private lot attendants may charge you to park, depending on the day.  Pedestrians parking north of Churchill Downs will be able to cross Central Ave. at 3rd and 9th streets.


Public Transportation

TARC will run on a modified schedule for Thurby, Oaks and Derby.  Please visit www.ridetarc.org for the latest route information


Scooters

Attendees utilizing rental scooters as their mode of transportation will not be able to access the Churchill Downs property or any of the restricted roadways on the scooter.  Please utilize the scooter app for details about appropriate parking zones and restricted riding areas. Ride safely!

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