The Kentucky Derby is the biggest and most famous event for the people of Louisville, KY. Around 290,000 spectators will visit Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May and whenever you have a crowd that large you can bet there will also be a large amount of security.
Dozens of local, state and federal law enforcement and government agencies will be involved in the security effort at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days, including the Police Department, Fire & Rescue, Sheriff’s Department, County Corrections, State Police, the National Guard, the FBI and even the Secret Service. With an event of this magnitude, you can bet that security rules will be strictly enforced so make sure you read up before you head the track.
What you can bring to Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby Days
Keep in mind that everything you bring to the track will be subject to examination so the lines at the entrance Could be heavy at peak times, so be patient and have your items ready when you reach the front.
The following items may be brought into Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby Days:
- Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18″x 18”) – LIMIT TWO (2) PER PERSON
- “Box” lunches if packaged in clear plastic bags or plastic containers (maximum size 18″x 18″) – LIMIT TWO (2) PER PERSON
- Personal music systems, radios and televisions (think pocket-size)
- Purses and baby bags
- Cellular telephones, cameras, and camcorders
- Chairs (Gate 3 only)
- Blankets (Gates 1 & 3 for infield use only)
- Tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 for infield use only)
- Strollers (only if there is actually a child in it)
Items that are strictly prohibited on Derby and Oaks Days:
- Weapons of any kind
- Alcoholic beverages
- Bottles and cans of any kind (includes lotions hand sanitizer, etc.)
- Backpacks, luggage, and duffel bags
So, be prepared before you go and don’t take items that will end up being thrown in the trash. Coolers and grills are too expensive to loose!