The Hill - Tailgating

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Tailgating at Keeneland is a wonderful tradition.


The Hill

"The Hill" is the designated tailgating lot located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and is accessible via Gate 4 at no charge. Complimentary shuttle service is available to the Grandstand area.  

Keeneland’s enhanced tailgating lot, dubbed “The Hill,” takes tailgating to a whole new level each Friday and Saturday during racing season with a variety of fan-friendly amenities, including food trucks, Bluegrass music, a jumbo television screen, wagering options and a presence by Keeneland’s BETologists.

To make the day a little more enjoyable for everyone, please be aware of the following policies:

  • Uniformed Lexington Police Officers patrol Keeneland parking lots and are staffed in The Hill area on Friday's and Saturday's
  • Lexington/Fayette County paramedics are staffed in The Hill area on Friday's and Saturday's
  • Weapons, of any kind, are strictly prohibited in The Hill area, as well as anywhere on Keeneland grounds
  • Laws pertaining to disorderly conduct and underage drinking will be strictly enforced
  • The use of hot coals (charcoal) anywhere on Keeneland grounds is strictly prohibited
    • “Smokers” and large “cookers” must be approved in advance; please contact Keeneland Security Management at (859) 288-4296
  • Fire pits are strictly prohibited
  • Open bars and kegs are not permitted and will be confiscated
  • Animals (dogs) must be kept on a leash at all times, and are not allowed to run free
  • No sales, soliciting, or sampling are allowed on Keeneland grounds, including tailgating areas, without permission, in advance, from Keeneland Management (859) 288-4307
  • Excessive commercial signage is not permitted.  Tents may hang signs or banners approximately 2’ X 3’ to direct guests to tent entrance
  • Helium filled balloons are strictly prohibited anywhere on Keeneland grounds as the airspace above Keeneland is restricted due to FAA regulations
  • If you plan on parking a trailer on The Hill during the Race Meeting for an extended period of time, outside of loading/unloading, please contact Keeneland Security for approval at 859-288-4296.


Tailgating Tents

  • Only certain areas are designated appropriate for tents
  • Tents must be no larger than 20’ X 40’, unless approved, in advance, by Keeneland Security Management (859) 288-4296
  • Unless otherwise approved by Keeneland Security, tents must be secured in accordance with policy in our designated tailgate area.  Please call/coordinate with Keeneland Security Management at (859) 288-4296 prior to setting up tents.
  • No DJs or amplified sound are allowed.
  • Tents may be set-up in the morning of the event, or the evening prior, after races have concluded for that day.  Tents must be taken down at the end of the race day. See map below.

For any other questions, please contact Keeneland Security at 859 288-4296. Security is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Though tailgating is permitted in the paved parking spaces, use of tents, grills and saving of parking spaces is prohibited.