How to Get Tickets to the Preakness
Now that the Kentucky Derby is in the rearview mirror and the mint juleps have worn off it’s time to look forward to the Preakness Stakes. We’re just shy of two weeks away from the ponies doing their thing in the second leg of the race for the Triple Crown, so now is as good time as any to start planning to check things out in person.
This year’s race is scheduled to do its thing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 18, and if you want to see things in person rather than on television—you’re in luck—there’s still tickets available. There’s way more options from which to choose when compared to the Kentucky Derby, as you can even get access to the Preakness InfieldFest featuring performances by Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
If you’re looking for a good time we’d probably recommend the $70 Infield Mug Club tickets, as it includes all you care to drink beer. Just be sure to watch the cash in your wallet, as we don’t want you to bet it all on the long shot.
If you’re looking to keep it classy and avoid the mug club scene there are still reserved seats available as well, but we’d imagine that they’re starting to go quickly. Upper Reserved seats in the Grandstand will set you back $105 per person before fees and extras, and if you want to be even closer to the action it’ll be $130 per person to enjoy the view from the Concourse Apron Box seating area. Just watch if you have your heart set on a particular section and are coming with a group, as some of the areas only have single seats available.
Don't stress—you still have plenty of time to learn the difference between a trifecta and an exacta, but just get it all together before 6:20pm local time on the 18th.