With Kentucky Derby 135 only two months away, Churchill Downs has announced that online advance ticket sales for general admission and select reserved seats to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and its companion event, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), are now available for purchase at www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/tickets/buy.
Selected levels of ticketing, including $40 general admission Kentucky Derby infield tickets and premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations, will be available at face value via the new online purchase platform offered by Churchill Downs and TicketReturn.
General admission tickets provide the same access that patrons may enjoy by purchasing admission on the morning of the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks, which includes first-level access to the public areas behind the grandstand and clubhouse, as well as infield access. Tickets to the premium Infield Suites and Marquee Village locations offer seats and hospitality, which includes food and beverage service.
“We wanted to make buying tickets to the Derby easier for everyone,” said Mike Mossholder, vice president of sales for Churchill Downs Inc. “The new purchasing platform will allow any individual or group to find available ticket packages that perfectly suit their interests and budget. It’s the same concept that’s used to buy concert tickets and many other entertainment event tickets. With minimal effort, Derby-goers can instantaneously select their package and complete the transaction online from the comfort of anywhere they have Internet access.”
The ability to buy tickets online enables Derby-goers to secure available reserved seats or general admission tickets weeks in advance of the Oaks and Derby and plan ahead for a truly special visit to the Derby’s host city, Louisville, Ky.