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Taxi services are the best way to travel to Churchill Downs and Yellow Cabs can be found in Downtown Louisville and several other sites around the city. However, a much more cost-efficient method of transport is through Uber, now an official partner of Churchill Downs. Finally, if you’re looking to travel in style, Limousine Services in the form of Xtreme Transportation are available to provide private and executive transport both to and from the racecourse. The chauffeur company were voted Kentucky’s no 1 transport provider for the last three years running and has a large range of vehicles to suit your every need - including vans, limousines, buses, SUV’s and and sedans.
Churchill Downs is accessible via three expressways. When travelling on the I-65 South from Indianapolis, take exit 132 and when reaching the traffic lights turn right. Follow Central Avenue straight on and the racecourse will be on the left. To access Gate 17, turn left on 9th Street, and for Gate 10 turn left on Taylor Boulevard and then left again on Longfield Avenue.
The I-264 West from Lexington also runs via Louisville. Take exit 10 and turn right, heading north on Third street or Southern Parkway. Once you hit Central Avenue, take a left. Gate 17 can be reached by continuing on Central Avenue, and Gate 10 is situated just off the left turning from Fourth Street on the right hand side passing the barns.
To access Churchill Downs from I-65 North or the Airport take the I-264 West to Exit 10. From there, take a right heading north on Third Street or Southern Parkway. Once reaching Central Avenue take a left. For Gate 17 continue on Central Avenue and for Gate 10 turn left on Fourth Street and bear right passing the barns.
What to wear
Although there is no official dress code for those purchasing general admission or box seats to Churchill Downs, management maintains the right to turn away anyone not in appropriate attire. If entering the directors room, finishing line suites, stakes balcony, or turf areas, it is recommended that a jacket is worn, whilst jeans, shorts and t-shirts are not permitted. In all cases, torn garments, athletic wear, and midriff tops are considered inappropriate attire.
Churchill Downs is perhaps one of horse racings most illustrious racecourses; the course has been home to both the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oasis since 1875, the former considered by many to be the ‘best two minutes in sport’. The racecourse has also hosted the Breeders Cup World Championships some 8 times, most recently in 2011, and its thoroughbred racing occurs through Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Amassing to 147 acres, Churchill Downs features a one-mile dirt oval racetrack and a seven-furlong turf race course.
The capacity of Churchill Downs is now able to accommodate up to 170,000 on Kentucky Derby Day, thanks to several recent renovation projects. Most notable of these is the $121 million renovation from 2001-2005, which modernised both the clubhouse and grandstand as well as adding 79 private luxury suites. In October 2013, the racecourse installed the world's largest 4k video screen, known as ‘The Big Board’. However, perhaps the most significant architectural feature of Churchill Downs are the Twin Spires built in 1895, which sits atop the grandstands, and are sure to grab the camera's eye when the Kentucky Derby comes around each year in May.