2022 Kentucky Derby
The 2022 Kentucky Derby is the 148th renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports and will run on May 7th, 2022. The Kentucky Derby is unlike any other sporting event! With a crowd of more than 150,000 people, unparalleled history and tradition and its unique spectacle, the Kentucky Derby has been described by Forbes as one of the "Greatest Bucket-list Sporting Events" in America. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, thousands of guests gather under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs to create lifelong memories with their friends and family.
Tickets range from general admission to reserved seating and private suites. Click on the tickets link to see the variety of options. Gates open at 9:30am on Derby Day and the first race post time is 10:30am. The Derby is the 12th race with a 6:57pm post time, and is followed by two more races.
What to expect:
In many ways, the Kentucky Derby is the world’s largest and most entertaining fashion show, with spectacular hats and outfits! You’ll be on your feet and walking a lot as you find your seat, explore the Infield, visit the Paddock Plaza, and make trips to wagering and concession locations to place bets and refill your mint julep. It’s easy to forget about your comfort when you are planning to look as fabulous as possible, so take our Derby veteran tip and pack a pair of flip-flops or ultra-comfortable shoes to change into during the day. Your feet and legs will thank you for it!
Weather, as with any outdoor event, is a wildcard at the Kentucky Derby! From sunshine and cloudless skies that bring sun burnt noses and tan lines to spring showers that make our world-famous tulips bloom, we’ve seen it all. Check the weather before traveling to Louisville, so that you are prepared with climate-appropriate attire. Consider packing sunscreen or a lightweight, clear rain poncho that you can easily slip over your fashionable Derby duds. If your seats are outdoors, you might want to bring chapstick as well! Please note that we do not allow umbrellas at the facility, as they block the views of other guests.
The size and energy of the crowd at the Kentucky Derby is a huge part of the event’s appeal. With on track attendance of over 150,000 people, the Kentucky Derby is significantly larger than comparable sports events such as the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the NCAA Final Four. However, this also means that even seemingly simple tasks, such as finding your friends on the other side of the track or making a trek to the Paddock, can take some time. Veteran attendees agree that the best approach is simply to "roll with it." And despite the 400 new restroom stalls we have added in just the last 2 years, it's still a good idea to head for the facilities well before it becomes an "emergency!"