For Opening Night Through Derby Day
Churchill Downs will have a new parking and traffic plan for Derby Week and has launched kentuckyderbyparking.com to assist.
The new plan was developed with input from traffic planning consultants and officials with the Louisville Metro Police Department. According to the track, it's designed to expand parking capacity and shuttle service for guests parking in offsite locations while maintaining parking at Churchill Downs and surrounding neighborhoods.
Notable changes to this year’s parking and entry plan include:
Parking and arrival options vary depending on the day of attendance. For help planning arrivals, go to kentuckyderbyparking.com and download the Churchill Downs and Waze mobile apps.
All onsite parking at Churchill Downs is reserved beginning opening night (Saturday, April 28) through Derby Day, May 5. To improve traffic around the racetrack, only vehicles with designated hang tags and parking tickets will be able to access the property. This also applies to vehicles dropping off guests.
Central Ave. between Floyd St. and Taylor Blvd. will be restricted to official shuttle buses on Thurby (May 3) and closed to the public Oaks day (May 4) and Derby day (May 5). During these days, pedestrians will only be able to cross Central Ave. at 3rd St. and 9th St. Restricting access to Central Ave. will allow guest shuttles from offsite parking spaces at the Kentucky Exposition Center to get to and from Churchill Downs more efficiently.
Ticketholders with reserved parking permits at the Kentucky Exposition Center (“KEC”) will have access to free shuttles to and from the tracks on Oaks and Derby Days. Churchill Downs has expanded and enhanced this year’s parking and shuttling operation at the KEC to accommodate more ticket holders. On Thurby only, guests without reserved parking can also park at the KEC for free and ride a complimentary shuttle to the track.
Parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is still available all week, but shuttles will only be running from the stadium to Churchill Downs on Opening Night (Saturday), Tuesday and Wednesday of Derby Week. On Oaks and Derby, guests without reserved parking can park at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which charges $20, and make the walk to Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs released a short video to highlight the changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVsh2DrI47A
For more information, including maps, visit kentuckyderbyparking.com and download the Churchill Downs and Waze mobile apps.
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