Special Events

Churchill Downs is the ideal place to host your next gala, dinner, corporate reception, or group social. With numerous private event spaces, our venue offers a year-round facility perfectly designed for private parties, banquets, and celebrations - outfitted with every amenity to lend class and an historical flair to any occasion.

To learn more about our private rooms or how to reserve a private space, please contact a group sales representative at 502.636.4450, or via email at groupsales@kyderby.com.

Wedding Packages

Celebrate with your friends and family at Churchill Downs the home of the Kentucky Derby.A stunning setting for special events under the iconic Twin Spires.Louisville’s must visit venue will make it an experience. The options are endless at this truly unique venue your friends & family will never forget.All packages are full service and dinner and bar options go toward meeting the Food & Beverage Minimum determined for the venue.We also have several wonderful preferred local vendors to assist in completing the planning process.

To learn more about our private events spaces availability & pricing, please contact our Special Events Sales Manager – Courtney Kiefer at 502.638.3896, or via email at courtney.kiefer@kyderby.com.

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Stakes Room

This luxurious open space pays homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The Stakes Room is located right next to the iconic Twin Spires and offers a phenomenal view of the entire track and paddock areas. The exclusive grand setting can accommodate groups of up to 600 people, but can also be segmented into three smaller, private rooms—the Tavern, Veranda and Parlor. Food & Beverage Minimums vary based on date and time of day.Capacities are as follows:

Full Stakes Roomaccommodates up to 600 guests + Balcony Seating
accommodates up to 230 guests
Verandaaccommodates up to 200 guests
accommodates up to 150 guests
Balconyaccommodates up to 130 guests

*Rooms may be combined to customize your event.

For more information please contact our Group Sales Department at 502-636-4450.

Millionaires Row

Classic location in the Clubhouse with beautiful dining space and four-tier balcony overlooking the legendary Finish Line. This space can be joined with the Adjacent Stakes Room or Sky Terrace for large groups.

Millionaire Row 4: Banquet 800 guests Cocktail Reception 1500 guests

Millionaire Row 6: Banquet 575 guests Cocktail Reception 1000 guests

Millionaire Row 4 & Sky 5:Banquet 1200 guests Cocktail Reception 2000 guests

For more information please contact our Group Sales Department at 502-636-4450.

Triple Crown Ballroom & Grand Foyer

The Triple Crown Ballroom with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows are ideal for a grand dining event with entertainment. Located on the fifth floor of the Jockey Club Suite Clubhouse the Triple Crown Room looks over the downtown Louisville skyline.The Grand Foyer leading to the space is ideal for cocktail hour in this amazing events space featuring a large two tier balcony overlooking Churchill’s historic racetrack.

Grand Foyer: Banquet 100 guests Cocktail Reception 250 guests

Triple Crown Ballroom:Banquet 400 guests Cocktail Reception 700 guest

For more information please contact our Group Sales Department at 502-636-4450.

Plaza & Paddock

Picturesque open air event locations are open throughout the Plaza & Paddock including two large fully covered balconies perfect for unique rooftop style events.Also, the Gardens at Aristides, Plaza courtyard, or Infield with indoor backup options available are the perfect fit for an evening set under a large tent or under the stars.

Aristides Garden: Theatre 300 guests Cocktail Reception 500 guests

Paddock Balcony: Banquet 100 guests Cocktail Reception 175 guests

Plaza Balcony: Banquet 230 guests Cocktail Reception 400 guests

Plaza Courtyard: Banquet 425 guests Cocktail Reception 800 guests

The Infield: Banquet 750 guests Cocktail Reception 1500 guests

Oaks & Derby Rooms

Interior private rooms for dining or business meetings, the Oaks Room and the Derby Room can each accommodate up to 80 guests. Located on the fourth level of the Jockey Club Suite clubhouse each room provides a spacious view of the downtown Louisville skyline. In addition, each room offers easy access to nearby balconies to view the racetrack.

Directors Room & Balcony

Directors Room: Banquet 60 guestsCocktail Reception 100 guests

Directors Room Balcony:Banquet 100 guests Cocktail Reception 130 guests

Trophy Room

The Trophy Room is an interior private dining room with access to a balcony that overlooks the racetrack, Finish Line and Paddock areas. The Trophy Room accommodates up to 288 guests.

Group Enhancements
Trophy Presentations

Step into the Winner's Circle at Churchill Downs! A race will be named in your group's honor and up to eight of your guests will be escorted into the Paddock area for the saddling prior to your race. After viewing the race from a reserved trackside location, step into the Winner's Circle and present a trophy engraved with your group's name to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. Pricing starts at $400 and includes the following:

  • Group's personalized race name listed in the program
  • Up to 8 guests escorted to the Paddock to watch the saddling for group's race Special trackside location to view the race
  • Announcement of the race name by the track announcer over the public address system
  • Announcement of the name of the group's chosen presenter over the public address system
  • Engraved trophy to be presented to the winning jockey, owner or trainer
  • 8" x 10" color photograph taken in the Winner's Circle of the group to keep as a memento
Mutuel Vouchers

Treat your guests to a wager! Pre-purchased wagering vouchers can be printed in $5, $10 or $50 increments.

Downs Dollars

Vouchers printed in increments of $5 for guests to use at the Gift Shop and all concession areas.

To learn more about group enhancements, please contact a group sales representative at 502.636.4450, or via email at groupsales@kyderby.com.

Event Extras

Enhance your event with numerous event extras including audio-visual on-site, mock racing entertainment and programs, video presentation on the world's largest 4K outdoor video board, and many other racing options.

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