The Kentucky Derby is three weeks away and the resale market for tickets is in full swing. Several companies are offering customers the chance to buy or sell tickets online and there can be considerable variation in prices among the various websites.

The website designated by Churchill Downs for resale tickets is run by Ticketmaster and is called Kentucky Derby Ticket Exchange. The website warns buyers that the prices asked may not be the original ticket prices. As one can imagine for big events like the Kentucky Derby, resale prices are usually vastly inflated by the original ticketholder.

Three weeks out from the Kentucky Derby, here are the most expensive and least expensive single-ticket prices listed on Kentucky Derby ticket Exchange in the various locations in the Churchill Downs complex. These prices, of course, can and usually do fluctuate by the moment and may change dramatically as the event nears. In addition, Ticketmaster adds a 16% service fee to purchases and is not included in the prices shown below.

Reserved Seat in Grandstand

Most expensive: $569
Least expensive: $196

Interior Premium Box

One price only: $522

Clubhouse Box

Most expensive: $486
Least expensive: $227


Most expensive: $3,675 (finish line)
Least expensive: $1,800 (1/16 pole)

Lounge and Walks

Turf Club: $690 (no seat)
Sonny’s Halo Lounge: $159


The Mansion: $8,269
Turf Club: $2,700 (Roses Lounge or Roses Terrace)

General Admission

One price only: $48 (no seat)


A seat in front of a television looks like a great bargain. Yet prices are relative: consider that the Kentucky Derby resale ticket prices seem inexpensive when compared to the ticket prices for a single seat to Kobe Bryant’s last game as a Los Angeles Laker:  $27,500 for a courtside seat and $700 for the worst view in the arena.

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