Sports

In Kentucky, sports aren't just a weekend hobby. Sports are what Kentuckians live and breathe. The thrill of 23,000 fans jam-packed in the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena going crazy for the Wildcats. The throttle-pounding action of Kentucky car racing at the Kentucky Speedway. The passion and emotion of thoroughbred racing . And the many sports-related attractions such as the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Kentucky Derby Museum

704 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40280

Region: Bourbon, Horses & History
Phone: 502-637-1111
Alt Phone: 502-637-1111
Fax: 502-636-5855
Website: www.derbymuseum.org
Email: info@derbymuseum.org...
Booking Email: jhenry@derbymuseum.o...
Meetings Website: www.derbymuseum...

There's Only One....Kentucky Derby Museum.

We share the fun of the Kentucky Derby experience. Spend the day with us and experience two floors of exciting new exhibits! Your admission includes a showing of "The Greatest Race", our one-of-a-kind 360 degree film. While you're here visit our retired Thoroughbred and our resident "mini" Winston, shop in the Finish Line Gift Shop or enjoy one or all three of our tours of Churchill Downs.

Features
  • - Bus Parking
  • - Guided Tours
  • - Handicapped Access
Credit Cards Accepted
  • - MasterCard
  • - Visa

Directions From Nashville: Take I-65 North to 264 West. Exit at the Taylor Boulevard Exit. Take a right on Taylor Boulevard and the fifth light is Central Avenue. Take a right on Central Avenue, the Museum and Churchill Downs will be on the right. From Lexington: 64 West to 264 West. Exit at the Taylor Boulevard Exit. Take a right on Taylor Boulevard and the fifth light is Central Avenue. Take a right on Central Avenue, the Museum and Churchill Downs will be on the right. From Cincinnati: I-71 South to 264 West. Pass the Airport. Exit at the Taylor Boulevard Exit. Take a right on Taylor Boulevard and the fifth light is Central Avenue. Take a right on Central Avenue, the Museum and Churchill Downs will be on the right. From Indianapolis/Downtown Louisville: From I-65 take Exit 132- Crittenden Drive. Turn right on Crittenden Drive. Then turn right on Central Ave. The Museum is approxiametly 1.6 miles from the expressway on your lefthand side near Gate 1 of Churchill Downs.

Historic Brooks Stadium

2400 Brooks Stadium Drive
Paducah, KY 42001

Region: Western Waterlands
Phone: 270-519-7845
Alt Phone: 270-519-7845
Toll Free US: 800-723-8224
Website: www.brooksstadium.co...
Email: info@brooksstadium.c...

Enjoy America's favorite pastime by attending a prep, collegiate, American Legion or minor league baseball game at Paducah's historic ballpark.

Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium

1605 Avenue of Champions
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Region: Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Phone: 270-745-3542
Alt Phone: 270-745-3542
Website: www.wkusports.com

The 2012 season will be WKU's 45th in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, and the fourth since the facility underwent a massive renovation.

The renovation of Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium began in April 2006 and featured the construction of a new west side of the stadium while also including a significant renovation of the stadium's existing east side. The stadium's capacity now stands at 22,113. The first phase of the renovation to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium involved improving the existing east side structure.

Construction began on the West grandstand prior to the start of the 2007 season. The new side of the stadium contains approximately 5,000 seats, including an 832-seat club level, along with new concession stands and restrooms. The building also houses new football offices and a new weight room (10,000 square feet), training room (8,500 square feet), locker room (10,000 square feet) and equipment area. A new berm has been built behind the North end zone, giving Topper fans an opportunity to enjoy the game from a different view. A new 48'x70' scoreboard, installed behind the berm, includes an 18'x31' video board.

Other improvements to the existing structure include locker rooms and offices for women's soccer, and men's and women's track along with the addition of a new academic advising center that includes office space for advisors, tutoring rooms, a large study hall room and a computer laboratory.

The Hilltoppers have put together a .500 or better record in 29 campaigns since the stadium opened in 1968.

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing & Sales

4201 Versailles Rd.
Lexington, KY 40514

Region: Bluegrass Region
Phone: 859-254-3412
Alt Phone: 859-254-3412
Fax: 859-255-2484
Toll Free US: 800-456-3412
Website: www.keeneland.com

For over 75 years, Keeneland has been to the Thoroughbred industry what Augusta is to golf or Hollywood is to the movies. It is where traditions are treasured, innovations are made and where expertise resides. It is the pulse point for a significant global business.

Located in the heart of Central Kentucky, Keeneland is a rare combination of high-stakes commerce, genteel sporting tradition and remarkable innovations. As the world's largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland's horse sales totaled over $468 million in 2011. Our racing program offers some of the richest purses —- and therefore the most competitive racing —- of any track on the continent. Many of the sport's best stories have Keeneland connections.

Further enhancing Keeneland's reputation as a leader in the Thoroughbred industry is our strict adherence to the traditions of the sport. As one of our founders, Hal Price Headley, said in 1937, “We want a place where those who love horses can come and picnic with us and thrill to the sport of the Bluegrass.” The words ring as true today as they did then. With the installation of a Polytrack racing surface on the main track in 2006, Keeneland continues its mission of being one of the safest, most modern racetracks in the world.

We invite you to learn more about Keeneland and the many fascinating stories that abound here. Come see a place where racing is as much a social event as a sporting one. Witness the buzz at our annual yearling sale that rivals the electricity of the NBA draft, as owners and trainers huddle to select the next Thoroughbred superstar.

Kentucky Downs Race Course

5629 Nashville Rd.
Franklin, KY 42135

Region: Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Phone: 270-586-7778
Alt Phone: 270-586-7778
Fax: 270-586-8080
Website: www.kentuckydowns.co...

Kentucky Downs is the only all-turf flat racing thoroughbred track in North America. Live races are held in September - this year dates will be 7, 11, 14, 18 and 25. the newest thing in horse racing is "Instant Racing" a hybrid between slot machines and parimutuel wagering where bettors play at a terminal using historical racing data and video. Kentucky downs also has simulcast racing from various tracks around the country over 300 days a year. If you get hungry "The Carvery" serves gourmet sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, desserts and there's also a salad bar plus a fully stocked bar. In addition to racing, bingo is played every day. Rooms are available -large or small- for private parties, receptions, meetings, weddings/receptions, etc.

Features
  • - Bus Parking
  • - Handicapped Access

Directions From I-65 exit 2, go south on 31W (Nashville Road) 1 mile. Kentucky Downs is on the right.

LEXINGTON LEGENDS

Whitaker Bank Ballpark
207 Legends Ln. Lexington, KY 40514

Region: Bluegrass Region
Phone: 859-422-7867
Alt Phone: 859-422-7867
Fax: 859-252-0747
Website: www.lexingtonlegends...
Email: dbarry@lexingtonlege...
Booking Website: www.lexingtonle...
Booking Email: sfish@lexingtonlegen...
Meetings Website: www.lexingtonle...
Mobile Website: www.lexingtonle...

The Lexington Legends are the single-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros playing in the Southern Division of the 14-team South Atlantic League. The Legends play 70 regular season home games in the newly named Whitaker Bank Ballpark (formerly Applebee's Park).

Whitaker Bank Ballpark, a $13.5 million state-of-the-art structure, is the perfect blend of a classic baseball stadium design, Kentucky-inspired architecture and the latest high-tech innovation. The venue, which seats 6,006 people, is built for family fun with special seating and eating areas to accommodate fans of all ages. There are 5,061 padded and non-padded permanent seats, 500 seats in permanent bleachers and two lawn seating areas that will accommodate at least 1,000 people.

Whitaker Bank Ballpark offers fans a wide range of accommodations, all designed with comfort and fun at the ballpark in mind. Twenty-six luxury seats, a reserved-seating picnic area, a general admission picnic area, a private family restroom and a kids play area, complete with a carousel are all part of the Whitaker Bank Ballpark environment. Also featured at Whitaker Bank Ballpark is the first ever Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame Museum, the multi-use facility also plays host to the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament and special events such as concerts, circuses, family shows and college baseball tournaments.

Whitaker Bank Ballpark is located 1.5 miles from the I-75/I-64 interchange, just .25 mile from Lexington's New Circle Road (4), and only 1.5 miles from the heart of downtown Lexington. Come on out and enjoy a night of baseball in the Bluegrass with the Legends!

Features
  • - Bus Parking
  • - Guided Tours
  • - Handicapped Access
Credit Cards Accepted
  • - American Express
  • - Discover
  • - MasterCard
  • - Visa

Louisville Bats Baseball

Louisville, KY
www.batsbaseball.com

Professional baseball. Triple A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. 13,100 seats with 72 home games. Prices $5-$8

Features
  • - Bus Parking
  • - Handicapped Access
Directions Located in downtown Louisville, one block south of the Ohio River and the junction that connects interstates I-64, I-65, and I-71

 

 

 

 

 

 


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