Tailgating at Keeneland


Patrons are welcome to tailgate at Keeneland in both the paved parking areas each race day and on "The Hill," Keeneland's enhanced tailgating area available each Friday and Saturday during racing season. 

Offering a variety of fan-friendly amenities, enjoy food trucks, Bluegrass music, a jumbo television screen to watch live racing, wagering options and more on The Hill. The Hill is accessible via Gates 1 or 4 at no charge and complimentary shuttle service is available to the Grandstand area.

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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, 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 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 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.

All staked tent rentals must be booked through Keeneland approved vendors. Tailgate packages on The Hill are provided by Tailgate Guys and Bryant’s Rent-All

Tent rentals on The Hill are provided by Tailgate Guys. Click here for package information and to confirm your event!

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

Tailgate Guys “A REVELxp Company” & PRE Events


Premium hospitality is a long held tradition among Keeneland Fall Meet patrons and this tradition just got easier, thanks to a new partnership between Keeneland and Tailgate Guys “A REVELxp Company” & PRE Events, the nation’s leader in premium tailgate and event services. 

Tailgate Guys “A REVELxp Company” & PRE Events is committed to easing the tailgate experience of setup, maintenance and breakdown to ensure fans can spend their time and energy enjoying the races and even better company throughout the 2021 Fall Meet. Keeneland Fall Meet reserved tailgate packages will be available for all Friday and Saturday race dates, beginning October 8.

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Tailgating for Large Groups


If you have a large group interested in tailgating on The Hill, please inquire by emailing tailgating@keeneland.com

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