Race Meet Hospitality FAQ

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What are my options for entertaining on a race day?

Keeneland offers a variety of both public and private options for groups of all different sizes. Dining Rooms, Grandstand Reserved Seating and General Admission Tickets can be purchased through our Ticket Office. For those interested in renting a private space for their group, please fill out a Request For Proposal and someone from our Special Events Team will be in touch.

When should I book my race day accommodations?

Private Rentals:

Availability for our private rentals becomes available each January for the Spring Meet (April) and July for the Fall Meet (October). We are always excepting Request Forms and utilize these when reaching out with availability in the above months. 

Dining Rooms and Grandstand Reserved Seating:

Spring Meet (April)

Groups of 24 or More - Available the first business day in January at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Groups of All Sizes - Available the first business day of February at 8:30 a.m. EST. 

Fall Meet (October)

Groups of 24 or More - Available the first business day in July at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Groups of All Sizes - Available the first business day of August at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Can I take photos on the Keeneland Grounds?

In the months of April and October, photographers and videographers working for a news or other media outlet are required to be credentialed by Keeneland. 

Can I provide an outside catering company?

All events on Keeneland’s grounds are required to use Keeneland Hospitality. During the race meet, each venue has a unique menu crafted to compliment your day. More information can be provided by your Keeneland Coordinator. 

Can I create my own menu?

We offer a wonderful variety of select menu options during the live race meets. Upon booking your race meet event, your Keeneland Coordinator will send you those select menus.

What does my rental include and for how many hours?

On a race day, Keeneland Gates as well as most of our Trackside Venues open at 11:00 a.m. EST. Generally, the first post of the day is 1:05 p.m. EST. There are select venue options for morning meetings. We do ask that all meetings are concluded by noon to give you guests ample time to enjoy the race day.

What are your bar options?

Each private venue includes bar service options that can either be hosted or open to guests for purchase. 

Does Keeneland allow tents on property?

Keeneland must approve placement of tent. Please click here for tent and tailgating guidelines during the race meet.

How will my guests know where to go?

Keeneland has directional signage on our grounds. We encourage you to include the name of your venue and directions on your invitation.  Keeneland can provide maps for inclusion as well.  Keeneland does not allow groups to create and place directional signage on our grounds.

Do you provide audio visual services?

Keeneland partners with Audio Visual companies during the race meeting to provide services needed by our groups.  Audio visual estimates are available upon request.

What is the dress code?

The dress code varies by venue.  Your Keeneland Coordinator will provide you with the appropriate dress code verbiage to share with your guests.

Where do my guests park?

Reserved row passes are included in most rental packages. Please inquire with the Keeneland Coordinator for parking details and maps.

What time do races start?

Live racing takes place Wednesday's – Sunday's with the first post time at 1:05 p.m. EST.

How can I enhance my Keeneland event?

Keeneland's event team can offer a range of enhancements for your day, including private tours, handicapping sessions and gifting options.