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Off to the Races: Last-Minute Kentucky Derby 2017 Guide

April 28, 2017

Kentucky Derby 2017 Guide

It may only be a week out from the event acclaimed as the “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” but there are still plenty of Kentucky Derby tickets available. 

Whether you are a last-minute returning Derby fan or a first timer, we have the guide to help you have an unforgettable 2017 Kentucky Derby.

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Getting Kentucky Derby Tickets 2017

While this first leg of the Triple Crown is considered the most coveted of the three events, there is no need to fret — Vivid Seats still has 2017 Kentucky Derby tickets available for any budget.

Kentucky Oaks – May 5: If your pockets aren’t deep enough for the full Derby experience, consider heading in early for the local favorite and buy Kentucky Oaks tickets. Dubbed “The Run for the Roses,” the Oaks boasts the same fanfare and dazzling display as the Derby. If you’re concerned about Kentuckey Derby ticket prices, this is the best option. 

Kentucky Derby – May 6: It is considered one of the greatest bucket-list sporting events in America so why not cross it off your list? With Kentucky Derby tickets 2017 available for in-field general admission starting at only $80, this bucket-list ambition is now well within your reach! 

Kentucky Derby/Oaks 2-Day-Pass – May 5 and 6: If you’re “all-in” for the weekend filled with merrymaking and perfectly sugared mint juleps, Vivid Seats combo-pass including both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby events is the way to go for the best value.

Kentucky Derby Hotel Packages: With 150,000+ revelers rolling in to Louisville for this celebrated weekend don’t waste valuable time trying to find a hotel in the sold-out city. Leave the planning to Vivid Seats with our Kentucky Derby Hotel Packages, customizable to your tastes and wallet.

Any way you go, don’t miss out on the many other events and festivities surrounding the races – including Kentucky Derby 2017 parties like the celeb-studded Fillies and Stallions Derby Party

6 Little Things to Know Before You Go To the 2017 Kentucky Derby

A record 170,513 Kentucky Derby tickets were sold in 2016, making it one of the largest sporting events in the country in terms of attendance, surpassing the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the NCAA Final Four. While you have probably planned your dandy Derby wardrobe and other important aspects of your weekend at Churchill Downs, don’t let the little details spoil your big trip. Following are six little-known tips to make your Derby an unforgettable experience: 

The world's most legendary racetrack is tech-savvy - To get a lay of the land, download the Churchill Downs Racing app.  The app will help you keep track of races, skip food lines and find your seat. 

You can’t take it with you - For security reasons, there are a number of items not allowed in the facility including purses larger than 12 inches, cameras, camcorders, laptops, backpacks, umbrellas and coolers. 

Cash is king - Despite its many modern amenities and services, the track does not uniformly accept credit cards. Bring lots of cash – more than you think you will need – to cover parking, drinks, betting and more. While there are ATMs at the track, you probably don’t want to spend your time waiting in line at one of them.

Know the lingo - The locals refer to the event simply as "Derby," dropping the word “the.” To blend in like a native, say things like, “What time will you arrive at Derby?" and "Do you have a hat to wear to Derby?” It is acceptable to say “the Derby” when discussing the race itself (i.e., “Who do you think will win the Derby?”)

Celebrate “Thurby” - For a real insider experience, head to Louisville on the Thursday before Derby to enjoy Thurby. As the Kentucky Oaks has gained popularity and attracted more crowds, Thurby has emerged as Louisville's day at the races. Natives of Louisville flock to Thurby for great horse racing, bourbon, and music encompassing a special day to celebrate life in Kentucky.


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