Parking, Concerts & Ticketing FAQ


Parking fees are charged per-vehicle when entering the facility. General parking tickets may be purchased in advance in packs of 10 tickets for only $50.00. Each pack contains 10 tickets good for any day of the 2017 seasons except Breeders' Cup November 3rd & 4th. Discount parking tickets are not valid for concert parking.

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Concerts are limited to ages 18 & up.

Concerts are free with your paid admission and there is no need to order admission in advance. Admission never sells out; simply pay as you walk through the gate. After the last race concert admission is $20.00, cash only. Concert area is standing room only - no reserved seating is available.

Please note: Pre-paid tickets, complimentary ticket and Season Passes are not valid after the last race.

Concerts begin shortly after the last race of the day. Please check the condensed programs to see approximate last post. Programs are uploaded generally the morning prior to race day.

For more information, visit the Concert Information page and the concert line-up.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be purchased in amounts of $15.00-$250.00 and can be redeemed for Reserved Seats, Tables or Admission Tickets. Gift Certificates can be redeemed online or by mail.

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We are unable to make ANY changes to an online order once it has been placed. If you discover that you have purchased something in error you will need to return the tickets to us for a refund and place another online order to select the correct tickets.

If a refund is desired, seat and table tickets must be returned to (and received by) the ticket office at least 24 hours prior to the event day. To return seat or table tickets left in Will Call or print-at-home, contact and receive confirmation from the ticket office at least 24 hours prior to the event day.

Returned table tickets are subject to a 20% service charge. Admission tickets are non-refundable, but are good for any day of a single season except Opening Day. Please send tickets back by regular mail. If time is a concern please use USPS Express or Priority mail as appropriate. Other shipping methods such as FedEx and UPS sometimes experience delays in reaching the Ticket Office and may not be refundable.

Inclement Weather

Del Mar is an outdoor facility and does not cancel racing due to rain. Reserved Seats and Trackside Dining Tables are located outside and may get wet when it rains. In the event of rain we will try to make alternate seating arrangements (based on availability) however refunds and rain checks are not offered for inclement weather.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets from online orders will be mailed in approximately 3 business days.
We anticipate starting telephone sales on May 16th. Please continue to check the website for more information.
Most tickets are available for Print at Home. Tickets are sent to your email address as a PDF attachment. Download the attachment and print on your printer. Tickets are bar-coded and will only scan once.
To enter the facility, all you need is an Opening Day Admission Ticket. You may order these in advance or purchase Admission as you walk through the gate. We never “sell out” of Admissions. If you would like a Reserved Seat, you may order them through the Online Ticket Office beginning May 13th. The Clubhouse admission price for Opening Day is $20.00 and the Stretch Run is $10.00. Discount Admission books are not valid on Opening Day. If you are purchasing Reserved Seating for Opening Day be sure to also purchase Opening Day Stretch Run or Opening Day Clubhouse Admission.
Not everyone who comes to the racetrack wants a Reserved Seat. Some prefer to spend their time in the paddock, infield, or one of the many sports pubs. Children 17 and under do not require an Admission Ticket but will require a seat if you are purchasing Reserved Seating or Dining Tables.
Our facility is divided into two areas. The Clubhouse is the area past (east of) the finish line and comprises approximately one third of the facility. The Stretch Run is the area prior to (west of) the finish line. The seats and amenities are the same in both areas.
The Clubhouse Terrace Tables in rows 400-900 are in the shade. All Café del Sol tables are in the sun. The East Stretch Run Grill Tables 40-48 are shaded every day. In the West Stretch Run Grill Tables 180-217 are shaded everyday and Tables 160-217 are shaded on Fridays. Il Palio tables are located indoors. During the fall "Bing Crosby Season" all trackside dining tables are in the shade.
Seating preferences are highly subjective, what may be the best for one person may not be for another. Here are some general recommendations: If your preference is to be as close to the finish line as possible, the 3rd or 5th levels of the Stretch Run may be your best bet. For the best views of the track including the backside, try the 4th levels of the Stretch Run. If you would like to sit in a box seat choose Stretch Run 2nd level. The Stretch Run Grill offers trackside dining tables with excellent views of the home stretch.
Both the Reserved Seating and Trackside Dining Tables areas offer ADA and accessible seating. Tickets may be ordered or by mail, online or by phone. Mail order forms are available by phoning the Ticket Office or may be downloaded from our website. For assistance or additional information please contact the Ticket Office at (858) 792-4242.
Please use the mail in Ticket Request Form if you need to give us special instructions for your order.
Compared to the number of Reserved Seats, the facility contains relatively few Trackside Tables.
No, we do not maintain a waiting list. When tickets are returned, they are made available for immediate re-sale through the mail and Internet.
Opening Day and Pacific Classic Day Restaurant Tables are sold through an online lottery in early April.
The Turf Club is a private club and is only available to members and their guests.
The purchaser of these tickets agrees NOT to resell these tickets at a premium in excess of the amount shown on the ticket. Ticket purchasers who are or have been identified as having sold or offered for sale tickets in excess of the amount shown on the tickets may have their ticket order canceled. This cancellation will result in a refund of the total price of the tickets minus any processing fee.