Churchill Downs has announced a pricing schedule for tickets to the 127th renewals of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks in 2001 that includes an increase in the price of general admission to the two events and an increase in the price of reserved seating for the Kentucky Derby.General admission for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which includes admission to the infield and areas of the clubhouse garden and grandstand, will increase by $5 on both days. General admission for the 2001 Kentucky Derby will rise from $35 to $40 and Kentucky Oaks general admission will increase from $20 to $25.In addition, the price of all reserved seats for the Kentucky Derby will increase in 2001, but there will be no change in the price of reserved seating for the Kentucky Oaks. The price increase for reserved seats for the Kentucky Derby will vary from $5 to $25, depending on the location of the seats. The lower range of the increase will be for a reserved seat in the Infield bleachers, which will rise from $55 to $60. The higher figure will be for a reserved seat in the Skye Terrace, which will increase from $500 to $525.
Churchill Downs is making 8,000 bleacher seats in sections 124 through 128 available as reserved seating on Kentucky Oaks Day.Those seats had previously been offered on a first come, first served basis on Oaks Day, but the growing demand for reserved seating on that increasingly popular day of racing prompted the track to make those seats available. The price of the reserved bleacher seats for Kentucky Oaks Day will range from $28 to $35. Those seats are available now and ticket requests may be made in writing to: Churchill Downs Special Events, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Ky., 40208.The 2001 Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Friday, May 4 and the 127th Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 5.