Permitted and Banned Items

Permitted Items on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days

  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” x 18” – no trash bags)*
  • “Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (max size 18×18”no trash bags)

  • Water and soft drinks – plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
  • Purses, but none larger than 12” in any dimension (subject to search)
  • Baby/diaper bags – only if accompanied by a child (subject to search)
  • Small cameras – none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6” or more
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen (non-glass containers only)
  • Small personal music systems, radios and televisions**(no boom boxes)
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets**
  • Seat cushions (without backs)
  • Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child)
  • Chairs (Gate 3 only)
  • Blankets & tarpaulins (Gates 1 and 3 ONLY)
  • *Limit of 2 bags per person **Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items

Banned Items on Kentucky Derby and Oaks

  • COOLERS (Styrofoam coolers, ice available at infield purchase points)
  • CANS (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
  • POP UP OR PATRON TENTS – no poles or stakes of any kind
  • Laptop computers and camcorders
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens 6” or longer
  • Tripods
  • Purses larger than 12” in any dimension
  • Grills
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Thermoses
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage (includes briefcases)
  • Duffel bags
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons (including knives)
  • Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers. mace or pepper sprays

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