What is the Best Rooftop View at Churchill Downs?

Posted by Evan Chronis on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Churchill Downs® is always changing. A venue that once held 10,000 people for the inaugural Kentucky Derby® in 1875 now can hold well over 150,000 attendees for the "Run for the Roses". 

But even with that exponential growth, Churchill Downs is still looking for new ways to enhance the viewing experience and build upon its already historic foundation. 

So in anticipation of the 2020 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs is adding a brand new addition to the Starting Gate Suites — the Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace

Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

The Newest. The Highest. The Most Modern. Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace

Found on the seventh floor of the Starting Gate Suites, the Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace is the newest spot at Churchill Downs, offering a completely original way to experience the 2020 Kentucky Derby with 20,0000 square feet of new space. 

The rooftop terrace is one of the highest points at Churchill Downs, giving a premium vantage point and an unrivaled sight line of the starting line and the entire track as a whole. It's an especially good way to view the finish of the race, as the terrace is situated right in front of 2019 Kentucky Derbythe final turn. 

While technically the most exposed spot to the elements, the Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace is fully covered while still offering panoramic views of both Churchill Downs and Louisville. All seating in the hospitality space is covered with reserved high-top and reserved plus table seating. 

This spot is truly a mix of modern and classic, bringing the current craze of rooftop bars to the forefront of the Kentucky Derby experience. This space also includes access to self service wagering stations and coverage of the event through closed-circuit TVs.

Starting Gate Rooftop Package from Derby Experiences

Derby Experiences is offering guests the chance to be the first to experience the Starting Gate Rooftop Garden at the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

Here is what the Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace Package and the Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace Plus Package includes:

Kentucky Oaks & Derby Seating

Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace - Outdoor Covered
7th Floor
Standard Seating - Reserved High-Top Table
Plus Seating - Reserved Table

Starting Gate Rooftop Garden

Exclusive premium in-track hospitality venue located in the Starting Gate Rooftop Terrace

  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet Food Buffets
  • Assigned Table Seating
  • Self Service Wagering Stations
  • Closed-Circuit TV Coverage

You can also add a three-night hotel stay at a select Louisville hotel to your package. 

With this space brand new to the 2020 Kentucky Derby, the limited access is bound to go quickly. 

Starting Gate Rooftop Packages

Topics: Kentucky Derby 2019

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