The VIP Experience at Churchill Downs is SOLD OUT

The Clemson Alumni Association will host the Clemson Family Tailgate and VIP Experience at Churchill Downs before the Clemson vs. Louisville game on Saturday, September 16, 2017 !

Catch live horse racing at historic Churchill Downs before heading across the street to watch your Clemson Tigers take on the Louisville Cardinals. Gates to Churchill Downs open at 11:30am. Live racing begins at 12:45pm. Clemson vs. Louisville game is at 3:30pm, in Papa John’s Stadium.

Park for free at Churchill Downs and take a short 0.7 mile walk (map) to the stadium to cheer on the Tigers.

If you purchased a ticket, the event details are below:

  • (1) Admission ticket in section 119 – the Winner Circle (map) – where the Kentucky Derby horse owners and their families sit for The Derby; including private bathrooms and direct access to see the race horses enter the track, and the finish line.
  • Buffet of pulled chicken sandwich, pulled pork, loaded potato salad, chips & dip, desserts
  • Wine & Beer included
  • (1) Mint Julep with 2017 Commemorative Churchill Downs Glass
  • (1) Unique Clemson vs. Louisville item to take home courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Museum.
  • Official VIP Event will run from 11:30am (gates open) until 2:30pm (one hour before kick). Horse races continue until 5:30pm.
  • Reminder: Free Parking at Churchill Downs


General Admission Tickets are Still Available

General admission tickets are also available for the live races and entry into Churchill Downs. You can purchase tickets for $3.00 (free for children 12 and under, and $1.00 for Seniors age 60+). Purchase General Admission Tickets in advance here, or at the gate upon arrival.

For either ticket option – your Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY will be there to greet you with Clemson giveaways (while supplies last) on the Plaza inside of Gate 1 when you enter.

Visit the Churchill Downs Website for more information on race-day details and parking: https://www.churchilldowns.com/.

Kentucky Derby Museum

During your Louisville visit, check out the Kentucky Derby Museum located outside of Churchill Downs. Say “Go Tigers!” at the ticket counter and receive your ticket for $11/person (vs. $15).