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Kentucky Derby ticket demand higher than pre-pandemic numbers

By Bret McCormick

Ticketing tech company Logitix said demand for this year’s Kentucky Derby was significantly higher than pre-pandemic numbers. The '20 derby was held without fans, while last year’s race at Churchill Downs was limited to about a third of normal capacity, or around 52,000 people. This year’s event was the first full capacity crowd since '19. Logitix data analysts looked at the average ticket price of sold seats across multiple ticketing sites on the secondary market and found:

  • In the 100 level of Churchill Downs -- the section closest to the track -- fans paid 52% more in '22 ($868 per ticket), compared to '19 ($571 per ticket).
  • In the 200 level, fans paid 40% more in '22 ($910 per ticket) than they did in '19 ($652).
  • Tickets in the general admission infield remained essentially flat, with fans paying $78 per ticket in '22, compared to $77 in '19.

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