The Hill - Tailgating

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Tailgating at Keeneland is a wonderful tradition and a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends.

The Hill, the designated tailgating lot is located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and is accessible via Gate 4 at no chargeComplimentary 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 observe the following rules:

  • Off-duty uniformed officers patrol the Keeneland parking lots each day.
  • Open bars and kegs are not permitted and will be confiscated.
  • Laws pertaining to disorderly conduct and underage drinking will be strictly enforced.
  • Dumping of hot coals on the ground is strictly prohibited.
  • No sales, soliciting, or sampling are allowed on Keeneland's grounds, including tailgating areas, without permission from Keeneland.
  • Excessive commercial signage is not permitted. Tents may hang signs or banners approximately 2’ X 3’ to direct guests to tent entrance.

Tailgating Tents

  • Only certain areas are designated appropriate for tents.
  • Tents must be no larger than 20’ X 40’, unless approved by Keeneland Security (859) 288-4296.
  • Unless otherwise approved by Keeneland Security, tents must be secured in accordance with the law in our designated tailgate area. Call Keeneland Security before setting up.
  • No DJs or amplified sound are allowed.
  • Tents can go up the morning of the event or the evening prior, after the races are over for that day. Tents must be taken down at the end of the race day.

For any 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 areas, use of tents, grills and saving of parking spaces is prohibited.



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Lexington, Kentucky 40510
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