Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY : May 2 - 5, 2019
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Experience the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports"!
On the first Saturday in May each year, the running of America’s preeminent horse race will commence. And while "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," will be the main attraction of the weekend’s events, the royal treatment that "in-the-know" clients of Sports Travel & Tickets will receive gives new meaning to the sport of kings. When several of our staff first attended the Kentucky Derby, we were simply blown away by the incredible atmosphere surrounding this classic event. At the time, many of us had already attended just about every major sporting event around the globe, but the Kentucky Derby instantly became one of our very favorite sports experiences.
Churchill Downs Renovations and Improved Premium Hospitality Areas
Several years ago, Churchill Downs, began on a highly anticipated $18 million renovation of it's premium hospitality areas and rooms. These white glove renovations were completed with precision and the outcome certainly did not disappoint. Churchill Downs officials also committed roughly $60 million in improvements to the facility over recent years and this has primarily been focused all within the Churchill's most premium areas.
The Turf Club, which is located between the third and fourth floors of the Clubhouse, is basically the “private membership club” of Churchill Downs. The Turf Club has an enormous concentration of celebrities and sports stars during the Kentucky Derby and during the last renovation, it was designed to truly celebrate the Kentucky Derby’s history. The Turf Club now features everything from new tables, lounge seating, live entertainment, all the way to additional race-betting kiosks.
Churchill Downs even has its own speakeasy! As our some of our very lucky clients have discovered, a non-descript door leads its way into a very exclusive bar and entry to this room requires an invitation from the President of Churchill Downs. Top-shelf bourbon cocktails designed by James Beard Award-winning mixologist Charles Joly are served at a speakeasy-style bar straight out of The Great Gatsby.
The Stakes Room, also located on the third floor of the Clubhouse, includes historical horse racing items and a design that embraces the rich history of Kentucky Horse Country. There is a fourth floor balcony on each end of the room with paddock, as well as racetrack views. With its sleek, wrap-around couches, private elevator and canopy covered terrace, the Directors Room space looks more like a boutique hotel lobby than a clubhouse at a horse track.
Derby Weekend Charity Event and Party Tickets
But of course the actual Kentucky Derby race is not only the only attraction in Louisville for the weekend. For many of our guests who also enjoy charity events and extravagant parties, twin sisters Patricia and Priscilla Barnstable-Brown host their annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala in their mansion on the Highlands neighborhood. This high-profile event is held the night before the Derby and it helps raise money for the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Ind addition to their famous party and the work the twin sisters perform on behalf of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Center, they originally became well know for their involvement with Wrigley Chewing Gum as the "Doublemint Twins" during their youth the famous ad campaigns. Sports Travel & Tickets has the ability to provide our guests with invitations to this party and many other events in Louisville. Frequent guests at the Barnstable-Brown gala include model Kate Upton, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and many other famous faces.
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“The Kentucky Derby is such a spectacular event! Really it's a 'can't miss' for us. Every year we have used you for our 3rd Floor Clubhouse tickets and hotel and we have been beyond pleased. You guys are great! Thank you for making our experience spectacular!”