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Tailgating Spaces, Armbands, General Admission Tickets Available for Purchase Day of Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ­­In less than three days, the sun will rise on the 75th Anniversary of the Iroquois Steeplechase, a rite of spring in Nashville since 1941 and the richest event on the National Steeplechase Association’s spring circuit. Typically drawing a crowd of more than 25,000, this year’s race day promises to be the most exciting yet, and various tickets and tailgating options are for sale and will continue to be sold on Saturday.

The most popular way to experience Steeplechase is without a doubt by tailgating in the infield. Those interested may choose a tailgating spot from several different areas inside the track, with the option to bring their own tent, refreshments, and even decorations if desired. Each tailgating space is $600 and includes armbands for eight people, two parking passes, and a 13’ by 18’ area in which a vehicle can be parked or a tent set up. Various food trucks will be parked in the infield for tailgaters who wish to buy food or snacks on­site.

This is the second year that those who prefer to enjoy the races from the infield are not required to purchase a tailgating space to attend; individual armbands are also for sale for $100 each and will allow patrons access to all tailgating areas, as well as food trucks, the Family Area and Iroquois Shoppes. Parking at Highway 100 is included in the ticket price and shuttles will run from the lot to the infield.

104­5 The Zone offers yet another option; for $125, a person can join their tailgate in The Meadows and receive complimentary food and beverage (both alcoholic and non­alcoholic) all day, plus the chance to mingle and watch the races with local radio personalities. General Admission tickets are $20 and offer a prime-time view of the horses and the track from the Hillside spectator area. Ticketholders also have access to Iroquois Shoppes and the Family Area, where the children’s games are located. A complimentary shuttle service from the Highway 100 parking lot to the General Admission is provided. Picnics and blankets are encouraged, but food and refreshments will be available for purchase in this area.

All tickets purchased race week and on race day must be claimed at will call, located in the fields off of Highway 100 near the Highway 100 and Old Hickory Blvd. intersection. For a map of the grounds, FAQs, will call hours and ticketing information, visit and

This iconic sporting event has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three­ mile turf track. Held the second Saturday of each May at Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is Music City’s annual celebration of time­ honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions.

Those who attend enjoy areas for families, well­ appointed tents and individually organized tailgates where the emphasis is on race day pickings, larger­than­life hats, Jack & Gingers, and crowd ­pleasing recipes. More importantly, guests support a cause at the heart of the event: Since being designated as the official charity in 1981, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from Iroquois Steeplechase proceeds. For more information, go to