Opening Night, Tuesday & Wednesday Parking

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Driving – My ticket has reserved parking

If you are driving and your ticket includes reserved parking, please check your hang tag to find your specific lot. See the maps below to plan your route. Please note: For information on Dawn at the Downs parking please visit our Dawn at the Downs page.

View examples of reserved parking passes


I am a Turf Club Member, Horse Owner, Trainer, and TSC Elite member AND I have a Reserved Frontside Parking Pass.



Buses must have a designated bus pass to park in the Pink Lot. See the map to plan your route.



Limos must have a designated limo pass to park in the Blue Lot. See the map to plan your route.


Driving – I don’t have a parking pass

If you are driving and you do NOT have reserved parking, you have two options:

  • Park for free at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Shuttle service from the stadium lot to Churchill Downs will also be available during the following times:
      Opening Night (April 28): 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.(Guest lots open 4 PM- 12 AM)
      Tuesday, May 1: 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.(Guest lots open 10 AM- 5:30 PM)
      Wednesday, May 2: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Guest lots open 10 AM- 6 PM)
  • Park in one of the neighborhoods surrounding Churchill Downs, then walk to the track. A new pedestrian bridge at the Churchill Downs Central Ave. entrance will be available to attendees who park in neighborhoods north of Central Ave.

Please note that all parking onsite at Churchill Downs is reserved during Derby Week

Derby Week Pedestrian Path

Riding – Taxi

Starting Opening Night (April 28) and continuing through Wednesday, May 2, taxis will have a designated pick up and drop off location at the Churchill Downs Autocourt adjacent to the Churchill Downs Red Lot, in front of the Barbaro statue.

Derby Week Taxi Map

Riding – Uber / Lyft / General Drop Off and Pick Up

New this year: Attendees using a ridesharing service or being dropped off by family or friends will not be able to access the Churchill Downs property and will need to be dropped off at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Bronze Lots F and G). 

Derby Week Ride Share Map

Riding – Hotel Shuttle

New this year: Hotel shuttles will drop off and pick up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Bronze Lots F and G).

Riding – TARC

TARC will be providing service to the Churchill Downs area throughout Derby Week and will have specified drop off and pick up locations. Please visit for more information on routes.

Opening Night and Tuesday and Wednesday Overall parking

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