Churchill Downs Places New Restrictions on Kentucky Derby

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – When the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place , it’ll do so with a fraction of the usual fan attendance.

On Wednesday morning, Churchill Downs Racetrack officials released a new health and safety operations plan that will heavily limit the amount of fans in the stands.

The new safety plan features reserved seating at a max capacity of 40%, with no General Admission tickets permitted and the infield seating portion closed.

This will ultimately limit attendance to less than 14% of the total capacity from the 2015 attendance record, which exceeded 170,500 fans.

Overall, less than 23,000 people are expected to be in the stands for the September 5th race.