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The Kentucky Derby® in 360°

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 14:15 PM

Over the years, Derby Experiences has expanded its program to include 28 total packages combining different views, hospitality venues, hotel accommodations, transportation options, and more.  Ah, the tyranny of choice – we know it can seem overwhelming to be faced with such a vast array of different options, so we’ve put together a collection of 360° videos of our most popular seating areas and hospitality venues.  Check out each video below, or click here for the full playlist of videos!

Premium Packages

Stakes Room

The newly-renovated Stakes Room was a big hit with guests at the 2016 Derby.  This area offers indoor dining room seating at tables of 4, 6, or 8 and features breathtaking views of the entire track from its viewing platform on the finish line.  Its in-suite hospitality includes gourmet food buffets, a premium open bar, private wagering stations, and celebrity appearances.  Stakes Room packages also provides access to the Stakes Room Balcony, which overlooks the track, the paddock, and the iconic Twin Spires.

Stakes Room Balcony

This private covered terrace includes outdoor seating at tables of 4, 6, or 8 with unobstructed views of the paddock area, Twin Spires, and finish line.  Guests also receive access to the Stakes Room (see above) and everything that comes with its lavish in-suite hospitality.

Millionaires Row

Millionaires Row offers 4th- or 6th-floor premium indoor seating at tables of 8 as well as access to a private viewing platform with views of the entire track and finish line.  Full-service in-suite hospitality includes gourmet food buffets, private wagering stations, and full bars.

Turf Club

The newly-renovated Turf Club boasts premium indoor dining room seating at tables of 4 or 6 featuring panoramic views of the track and finish line.  This is where guests are likely to spot celebrities, who often frequent the Turf Club!  In-suite hospitality offers gourmet food service, a premium open bar, live wagering stations, and more.

Turf Club Roses Terrace

This newly-renovated, 3rd-floor area of the Turf Club features outdoor dining-style seating with panoramic views of the track from seats on the finish line.  Roses Terrace guests also have access to the Turf Club (see above), which offers full-service in-suite hospitality as well as frequent celebrity sightings.

Turf Club Balcony

This new 3rd-floor space offers open-air seating under cover at tables of 6 or 8 with privileged views of the paddock area.  Access to the Turf Club (see above) is also included, which offers full-service in-suite hospitality as well as frequent celebrity sightings.

Trophy Room

The Trophy Room offers indoor dining room seating at tables of 8 with unobstructed views of the paddock area and finish line from the Finish Line Suites Balcony.  Its full-service in-suite hospitality provides gourmet food buffets, a premium open bar, private wagering stations, and more.

Finish Line Suites Balcony

This private covered terrace offers outdoor dining room seating at tables of 4 or 6 with unobstructed views of the paddock area and finish line.  This package also includes full-service, in-suite hospitality with gourmet food buffets, a premium open bar, private wagering stations, and more.

Clubhouse Packages

Clubhouse Gold

Clubhouse Gold packages provide 3rd-floor, open-air box seating near the finish line with stunning views of the entire track as well as the exciting finish.  Premium hospitality in Aristides Lounge is also included, featuring all-you-can-eat buffets, a premium open bar, wagering stations, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, and more.

Clubhouse Courtyard

The Clubhouse Courtyard provides outdoor seating with views of racehorses entering the racetrack from the paddock area as well as the crossing of the finish line.  Full-service, in-suite hospitality with gourmet food buffets, a premium open bar, and private wagering stations is also included.

Clubhouse Yellow

Clubhouse Yellow packages offer open-air box seating with exciting views of the first turn and the crossing of the finish line.  In-track hospitality in Citation Lounge is also included, featuring a one-time lunch buffet, a full bar, wagering stations, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, and more.

Grandstand Packages

Grandstand Blue

Grandstand Blue packages provide 3rd-floor, stadium-style seating with views of the starting line and the final stretch.  Deluxe hospitality in Sunny’s Halo Lounge is also included, offering an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, complimentary drinks, and a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet.

Grandstand Red

This 2nd-floor seating area offers direct views of the entire track and the crossing of the finish line.  Grandstand Red packages also include classic hospitality in Smarty Jones Lounge with a one-time lunch buffet, a full bar, wagering stations, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, and more.

Grandstand Orange

This area provides 3rd-floor, open-air box seating with elevated views of the starting line and final stretch as well as deluxe hospitality in Affirmed Lounge.  Grandstand Orange ticket packages also include access to the Taste of Derby Party on Thursday night, where guests mingle alongside celebrities and masterful chefs while sampling delicacies and enjoying live entertainment.

Hospitality Venues

Aristides Lounge

This in-track, climate-controlled venue is located on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse area, just above Gate 17 and behind Sections 316 and 317.  Aristides offers live entertainment, all-you-can-eat buffets, a premium open bar, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, wagering stations, and much more.

Affirmed Lounge

This exclusive in-track, climate-controlled setting is located within the Kentucky Derby Museum at Gate 1.  Access includes live entertainment on Oaks and Derby days, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, all-you-can-eat buffets, a bourbon lounge, full bars, live wagering tellers, and more.

Sunny’s Halo Lounge

Situated outdoors on the rooftop behind Sections 326-328, this in-track hospitality venue offers open seating, partially covered seating, and fresh air.  Guests will be treated to a one-time lunch buffet, complimentary beverages, available cocktails, a live betting parlor, and a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet.

Citation Lounge

This exclusive in-track venue offers reserved seating and is conveniently situated behind Section 110, providing guests with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a one-time lunch buffet, a full bar, wagering stations, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, and more.

Smarty Jones Lounge

Located on the Grandstand side of Churchill Downs near Gate 1, this exclusive in-track hospitality venue is an elegant chalet with open seating.  Smarty Jones hospitality includes a one-time lunch buffet, a full bar, wagering stations, a celebrity jockey meet-and-greet, and more.

Get a True 360° View by Attending the 2017 Kentucky Derby®!

We know these videos are a great way to catch a glimpse of the different seating areas and hospitality venues at the Derby, but what’s even better is seeing it all for yourself in person.  Follow the link below to explore all ticket packages!

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