The Kentucky Derby Infield is back.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT. THE INFIELD IS BACK.
You do not need a seat to enjoy two of the best days of horse racing in the world. Churchill Downs revealed Monday afternoon that general admission tickets will in fact be available to the public for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.
General admission tickets to the infield (without access to the front side of the track) will go on sale Wednesday, April 7 at 12 pm ET at this link. Oaks tickets will set you back $55 and Derby admittance costs $75, ($120 for a two-day GA pass) with each price increasing after April 18. The tickets will account for 25 to 30 percent of the infield’s capacity. You can find more details here.
To describe this news as “music to my ears” would be an understatement. I feared that CDI would use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to abandon the poors. As a GA regular, I look at every move the company makes as another slight on the working man to appease those with deep pockets. I am happy that in this instance I was wrong. Far too many folks saw lengthy Kentucky Derby attendance streaks end in 2020. This year, we get the best weekend of the year back. Thanks, Churchill Downs. I’ll see you May 1.