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Louisville: America's Next Sports City

Catch a Game, Live Racing, and the City's Newest Professional Team

Recently named "America's Next Sports City" by Axios, Louisville offers a variety of sporting events and attractions unique to the destination. Home to the Louisville Slugger, the Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali, check out all the action happening in Louisville this spring and summer.

Louisville Bats Baseball

Fresh off a $9 million-dollar renovation at Louisville Slugger Field, the Louisville Bats are back in action in downtown Louisville. With 75 home games this season, there's no reason to miss celebrating America's favorite pastime. Check their calendar for nightly promotions such as $1 hotdogs and $2 beers, along with other specials and theme nights.

Purchase tickets and find the full schedule here.

Racing Louisville FC

Head to the Butchertown neighborhood to catch Louisville's newest professional sports team, Racing Louisville FC, as they take the field at Lynn Family Stadium for their second season. With a dozen regular season home games likely to be scheduled this May through October, there will be plenty of chances to witness a National Women's Soccer League game, live and in person. The NWSL Challenge Cup kicks off this Spring as the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash and Kansas City Current join Racing Louisville to battle head to head, round-robin style in a Central Region showdown, with hopes to advance to the NWSL Challenge Cup finals.

Purchase tickets and find more info here.

Live Racing at Churchill Downs

While best known for the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs hosts live racing during their Spring and Fall meets between April and November, typically taking off most of July and August. Be sure to pencil in Downs After Dark on May 14 or June 18 to see world-class Thoroughbreds race under the lights, or check out Twilight Thursdays with races running from 5pm - 8:30pm.

In a surprise announcement the Arlington Million will move to Churchill Downs on August 13 after taking place annually in Chicago since 1981.

Purchase tickets and find Churchill Downs' full schedule of events here.

Louisville City FC

Since starting play in 2015, LouCity FC has taken the United Soccer League by storm after advancing to the USL’s Eastern Conference Final every season, plus back-to-back USL Cup Final victories in both 2017 and 2018. Catch one of seventeen home games (with over a dozen being play on Saturdays) now through October at Butchertown's Lynn Family Stadium.

Purchase tickets and find the full schedule here.

Marathons and Half Marathons

While the Kentucky Derby may be the most well known race in Kentucky, Louisville offers two popular options for long distance runners. The Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon & Marathon is a long-standing tradition held every April and allows runners to see iconic Louisville sites including the world's largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum, historic homes of Old Louisville, and the twin spires at Churchill Downs. Marathon runners will get sweeping views of the Louisville skyline and Ohio River as the cross the Big Four Bridge into Southern Indiana.

Named BibRave's 2nd best half marathon of the decade, the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon barrels through Louisville every October. The race kicks off on historic Main Street and takes runners along historic Whiskey Row, passing some of Louisville's top Bourbon distilleries. The race ends at Fourth Street Live! – the home of our Urban Bourbon Bash, which of course includes local Kentucky Bourbon. Runners for this event must be 21 years or older.

Louisville Sports Attractions

No live games or racing fit into your schedule? Check out some of Louisville's top attractions incorporating some of the city's most iconic faces and places.

Kentucky Derby Museum - Located on the grounds of Churchill Downs guests can experience the tradition and history of the Kentucky Derby year-round at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Visitors can enjoy two floors of family-friendly interactive exhibits, a 30-minute guided historic walking tour around Churchill Downs, and immerse themselves in the museum’s signature 18-minute film, “The Greatest Race” which broadcasts on a 360°, 4K high-resolution screen.

Muhammad Ali Center - Located on Museum Row, The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center dedicated to the Louisville native’s life, legacy, and six core principles that fueled his journey to become "The Greatest".

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - Also located on Museum Row, this museum & factory is all about celebrating the extraordinary role Louisville Slugger has played in baseball’s past, present and future. Known of the official bat of Major League Baseball, the Slugger Factory produces around 1.8 million bats a year and up to 5,000 a day during peak baseball season. Take a guided factory tour to see how the bats are made and leave with your own complimentary "mini bat" after the one-of-a-kind experience.

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