Tailgating at Keeneland


Please note, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, no tailgating will be permitted on the Keeneland grounds during the 2021 Spring Meet at Keeneland.

We encourage fans to review the following tailgating rules:


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

  • Uniformed Lexington Police Officers patrol Keeneland parking lots and are staffed in The Hill area along with Lexington/Fayette County paramedics when The Hill is in operation.
  • Lexington/Fayette County paramedics are staffed in The Hill area each race day
  • Weapons, of any kind, are strictly prohibited in The Hill area, fas well as anywhere on Keeneland grounds
  • Laws pertaining to disorderly conduct and underage drinking will be strictly enforced
  • Fire pits are strictly prohibited.
  • Animals (dogs) must be kept on a leash at all times, and are not allowed to run free.
  • No DJs or amplified sound are allowed.
  • No sales, soliciting, or sampling are allowed on Keeneland grounds, including tailgating areas, without permission in advance from Keeneland Management.
  • 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

Tailgating Tents:

Pop-up tents are permitted throughout parking areas on The Hill.

  • Only certain areas on The Hill are designated appropriate for large staked tents
  • Tents must be no larger than 20’ X 40’, unless approved, in advance, by Keeneland Management.
  • Large rented/staked 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.
  • In the area designated for large rented/staked tents, there will be space for one catering vehicle adjacent to the tent. No other parking spaces will be reserved. Parking on The Hill is a first come, first served basis.
  • Bryant‘s Rent All of Lexington is Keeneland’s preferred tent vendor.

For any other questions, please contact Keeneland Promotions at 859 280-4734.

Tailgating for Large Groups

If you have a large group interested in tailgating on The Hill, please download the form below, review the food & beverage policies, and email to the Promotions Team at Keeneland 7 days prior to the event tailgating@keeneland.com

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