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Parking & Entry




When are you arriving?

Plan your arrival. Select your dates below:


Opening Night - Wednesday
Thurby
Kentucky Oaks & Derby Day


Onsite Parking

All onsite parking at Churchill Downs is reserved in advance and available for pre-purchase HERE NOW through April 15th as long as inventory is available. Parking within each reserved lot is first-come, first-served including ADA spaces. If you do not have pre-purchased parking, you will not be able to purchase it onsite. At the Kentucky Exposition Center we will have free parking with free shuttles going to and from Churchill Downs on Opening Night and Champions Day through Thurby. On the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days shuttles will be going to and from the Kentucky Exposition Center as well, but this parking is available with a pre-purchased pass only.


Lot Times

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 - lots open:

Dawn at the Downs: 6:00 a.m.

Live Racing: 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, May 1st, 2022 - lots open:

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


Monday, May 2nd, 2022 - lots open:

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


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 - lots open:

Dawn at the Downs: 6:00 a.m.

Live Racing: 10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 - lots open:

Dawn at the Downs: 6:00 a.m.

Live Racing: 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, May 5th, 2022 - lots open:

Live Racing: 10:00 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: 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


On Thurby, Oaks and Derby, guests may utilize rideshare and taxi options with drop off and pickup at Cardinal Stadium Bronze Lot


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

Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


On Thurby, Oaks & Derby guest drop-offs/pick-ups will be at Cardinal Stadium Bronze Lot.


Central Avenue Closures

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

Oaks and Derby – Traffic will be restricted along Central Avenue from Taylor to Floyd Street 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: 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 10:30a.m. - 7:00 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 and must be surrendered upon dropoff.


Guest Drop-off Zone hours:

Thurby: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00pm

Oaks: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Derby: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.


If you wish to purchase a drop-off pass, each pass is $60 for a bus or car on Thurby and $500/bus and $100/car for a 2-Day pass on Oaks/Derby. They can be purchased by contacting (502) 636-4450 for assistance while supplies last.


Shuttles

Guest shuttles will run from Churchill Downs to the Kentucky Exposition Center Opening Night and Champions Day through Derby. Guests will need to show mobile or printed passes on Oaks and Derby


Park & Walk

Thurby, Oaks and Derby guests can park at Cardinal Stadium Purple Lot A and walk to Churchill Downs. Parking rates are $30 for a car or truck, $125 for an RV and $175 for busses.


For those guests requiring ADA-accessibility, the pedestrian crossings at Floyd 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 9th street.


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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