Fast Facts About Kentucky Derby Tickets This Year

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With the 143rd Run for the Roses just a day away, the staff at ticket brokerage is set to cross the finish line in its efforts to provide customers their dream Derby experience this year.

“We expect a robust finish with brisk sales leading right up to Derby morning,” said Austen.

Anastasia Austen, marketing and public relations director
Access Entertainment Group LLC

Fast facts about Kentucky Derby tickets this year

With the 143rd Run for the Roses just a day away, the staff at ticket brokerage is set to cross the finish line in its efforts to provide customers their dream Derby experience. is a sport travel and ticket brokerage company, and, as its name implies, it specializes in ticket packages and individual ticket sales for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as well as other key Thoroughbred racing events.

This year has been an extremely busy one for, said Anastasia Austen, the company’s vice president of marketing and public relations. has worked with hundreds of customers this year to help provide the Derby experience they’re seeking — whether it’s a couple of tickets to the track on Derby Day or a weeklong experience including hotel stays, transportation, hard-to-get party tickets and tourism opportunities.

“One of the best parts of my job is assisting our customers so they experience the pageantry that is Derby,” Austen said. “We have a lot of repeat VIP clients who use our services every year, but it’s also rewarding to help customers put a checkmark by a ‘bucket list’ item. You’d be surprised how many people have dreamed of coming to the Kentucky Derby.”, a unit of Indianapolis-based Access Entertainment Group LLC, has some interesting insights about the ticket-buying landscape, said Austen, who works out of the company’s Jeffersonville, Ind., office.

Here are top observations about the Derby ticket scene in 2017, according to, which is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers and is part of’s invitation-only Top Seller Program:

1. The cheapest tickets, shy of infield access, the week of the race are $250 for first level Grandstand reserved seats, and $375 for Clubhouse reserved seats.

2. New in 2017: No face value is printed on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets.

3. Demand for tickets is slightly higher than last year with a 10 percent increase over 2016.

“In the last few years, demand for tickets has increased 10 percent year over year,” Austen said.

4. The most in-demand seats this year are Clubhouse seats on the third floor where the seats are covered. Average pricing in that area for Derby Day seats ranges from $1,000 to $3,000.

Austen explains that the Clubhouse third-floor seats are popular not just because they are under cover but because the seats have backs, they are box seats, and there’s a full view of the track.

In addition, the area is “a fun and very social area” at the racetrack, Austen said, and it’s adjacent to a concourse full of food and drink options.

“For most Derby Day patrons, the third-floor Clubhouse area is the optimal place to be,” she said.

5. Yes, Kentucky Derby tickets are available right up to the day of the race.

Austen said has had steady sales through April. “We expect a robust finish with brisk sales,” she said. “We get last-minute shoppers from out of town as well as locals who decide they want to be at Churchill Downs to experience the pageantry of Derby.”

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