LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Racing fans heading to Churchill Downs during Derby Week will need to be aware of changes to the entry process at the world's most famous racetrack. To go along with a new parking and traffic plan that was announced last week, Churchill Downs has now released information about changes getting inside the track for the races.
Track officials say one of the first things visitors will see is the expanded entry plaza. It will bring you from Central Avenue to a new entrance which replaces the old Gate 1 and Gate 17 entrances.
You will also notice that the Churchill Downs admission gates now have new names which the track says better reflects their locations. The three admission gates are:
- The Paddock Gate (replacing Gates 1 and 17)
- The Clubhouse Gate (formerly Gate 10)
- The Infield Gate (formerly Gate 3)
Access from the Infield Gate is only available for fans with a General Admission ticket. All other fans will enter through the Paddock Gate or Clubhouse Gate.
As part of the new entry process, everyone entering the track will walk through metal detector. If you are carrying anything prohibited those items will not be allowed past that point.
Once inside, fans entering at the Paddock Gate or Clubhouse Gate will place their ticket into a self-scanning turnstile that will allow you to enter. Fans entering with general admission tickets or the Infield Gate will have their tickets scanned by an usher. The admissions process will be the same for fans using mobile tickets purchased through the official Ticketmaster Resale Marketplace.
Churchill Downs staff and new signage will guide fans to their seating location. After you get to your section, an usher will scan your ticket a second time, tear off the stub and place a wristband on your wrist. Once you get the wristband you can come and go from your seating section. Fans, however, may not leave and re-enter the racetrack on the same ticket.
If you aren't bringing any type of bag into the track, there are special quick entry lanes at all of the admission areas to get you in faster.