SOURCE: Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

November 02, 2015 10:00 ET

November 4 Last Day to Register for Online Pre-Sale of 2016 Kentucky Derby, Oaks Tickets

LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwired - November 02, 2015) - Wednesday, Nov. 4 is the last day for the public to register online for Churchill Downs Racetrack's November 10 online pre-sale of approximately 10,000 reserved seats to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks. If any seats remain after the Nov. 10 pre-sale, they will be available to non-registered fans starting Thursday, Nov. 12.

The deadline to register online ends at midnight (Eastern) on November 4, 2015. If you do not register, you cannot take part in the pre-sale and will have to wait until Nov. 12 to purchase any seats that are still available following the pre-sale.

Registration is simple: go to www.KentuckyDerby.com/presale by Nov. 4 and enter your name, email address and zip code where requested. That's all it takes to be eligible for the Nov. 10 pre-sale.

Fans who register by Wednesday, Nov. 4 will receive an email on Monday, Nov. 9 with a link and instructions on how to access the pre-sale. When the online pre-sale opens on Tuesday, Nov. 10, registered fans will have a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase up to six two-day packages of Derby and Oaks seats in locations throughout the track.

Seats available during the online sale include:

  • Box seats in the first and second floors of the Clubhouse
  • Dining tables on the Plaza Balcony with full hospitality packages
  • Section 110 seats on the iconic first turn that include food and beverage
  • Stadium-style and bleacher seats in the Grandstand

"The Kentucky Derby is one of the world's great 'bucket list' events, so the number of requests for reserved seats always exceeds our inventory," said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "The online sale is a great way to level the playing field and make seats to the Derby and Oaks available to fans on a first-come, first-served basis."

Churchill Downs' new partnership with Ticketmaster will make purchasing seats during the online sale straightforward and reliable. Fans will be able to securely purchase their tickets online and on mobile devices and be assured that the legitimacy of their tickets is guaranteed. Online and telephone customer service is available seven days a week, so fans will be able to get help with their purchases whenever they need it.

The new design of www.KentuckyDerby.com will simplify the task of choosing and purchasing seats. Fans can visit the site to browse descriptions, photos and maps of the Kentucky Derby's many ticket options to research their options before making a purchase.

The first online sale of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks seating was conducted in 2010. It replaced an annual on-track ticket lottery during which many fans spent the night before the sale on the track's grounds with the hope of being able to purchase tickets when the lottery sale began the following morning.

Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142strunning of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016. The track will resume its 2015 racing schedule with its Fall Meet scheduled for Nov 1-29. The track has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships eight times. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.

Contact Information

  • John Asher
    Vice President, Racing Communications
    Churchill Downs Racetrack
    (502) 636-4586 (office)
    (502) 494-3626 (mobile)
    John.Asher@KyDerby.com