Kentucky Derby, Oaks to Include Spectators this Fall

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – When the Kentucky Derby and Oaks take place this September, they will do so with fans in the stands.

Churchill Downs made the announcement via the Kentucky Derby’s website on Thursday morning, saying that spectators will be allowed to attend, but there will be strict guidelines in place to limit crowd density.

The highly-anticipated event normally attracts more than 100,000 each year.

The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was originally to take place on May 2, but was re-scheduled for the first Saturday in September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After consulting with Governor Andy Beshear and local health officials, Churchill Downs says they will reduce capacity in general admission areas, outdoor reserved seating, premium dining and suites. In addition, fans will be encouraged to wear masks at all times, practice proper social distancing when possible and wash or sanitize their hands frequently.

More information on tickets and seating is expected to be announced by Churchill Downs in the coming days.