Press Release

Breeders' Cup Announces Official Fan Hotel for 2018 World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky

LEXINGTON (January 24, 2018) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the Louisville Marriott Downtown as the Official Fan Hotel for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2 and 3 for the ninth time following two years on the West Coast. The collaboration will feature an “Ultimate Fan Experience” package which will provide access to official Breeders’ Cup events and activations at the hotel throughout the weekend, including complimentary shuttle service to and from the track as well as exclusive engagement opportunities for Breeders’ Cup fans staying at the hotel. This alliance reinforces Breeders’ Cup’s commitment to creating a world-class event for its fans that combines the finest Thoroughbred racing with an unparalleled lifestyle, culinary, and entertainment experience.

Louisville Marriott Downtown is a 16-story hotel located in the heart of the city with convenient access to the area’s most popular attractions and destinations. Situated just six miles from the Louisville International Airport and five miles from Churchill Downs, the property is well-positioned for Breeders’ Cup attendees. The hotel will boast upgraded accommodations following a recently announced $32 million renovation, scheduled for completion by August 2018, just in time for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The “Ultimate Fan Experience” package will also include a welcome reception upon arrival with signature Breeders’ Cup cocktails and access to a special Breeders’ Cup merchandise store at the hotel. Guests will receive complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3. Breeders’ Cup fans who book the “Ultimate Fan Experience” package prior to June 15, 2018 will receive a special discounted price of $319 per night. Fans who book before May 1, 2018 will also receive automatic entry to a special VIP presale for tickets for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Fans can book the “Ultimate Fan Experience” package today by clicking here.

Louisville Marriott Downtown is also offering an additional promotion to fans reserving rooms for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships as well as the 2018 Kentucky Derby. All guests booking three-night stays or more for both events will receive a special discount of $299 per night for the Breeders’ Cup and $1,099 per night for the Kentucky Derby.

“We are thrilled to partner with Louisville Marriott Downtown for the 2018 World Championships and to offer our guests an elevated hospitality experience consistent with the caliber of our world-class event,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, Craig Fravel. “As one of the premier hotels of the area, Louisville Marriott Downtown was the clear choice to serve as the Official Fan Hotel and we look forward to working together to provide our fans with the most unforgettable Breeders’ Cup experience yet.”

“We look forward to welcoming guests of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships to our downtown Louisville hotel,” said General Manager, David Greene. “The Louisville Marriott Downtown will provide visitors with a truly unique experience as we hope to enhance and heighten the longstanding tradition of horse racing in the Bluegrass.” The 35th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Ultimate Fan Experience” rooms will be available to reserve for $319 per night before June 15, 2018 and $419 per night following that period. Reservations must be made on or before Wednesday, October 3, 2018. For more information on reservations and hotel details, please visit

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Louisville Marriott Downtown

Louisville Marriott Downtown is a AAA, four-diamond premiere convention hotel located in downtown Louisville. It features 616 guestrooms and suites and 50,000 square feet of convention space. It offers world-class amenities and service that is unrivaled by other downtown Louisville hotels. Louisville Marriott Downtown provides skywalk access to the Kentucky International Convention Center and the 4th Street Live entertainment district. In addition, it’s within walking distance from numerous tourist attractions including: Waterfront Park, Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. The hotel is located just a short drive away from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Exposition Center. Louisville Marriott Downtown guests can enjoy dining at Blu or the new Porch Kitchen & Bar, which offers American cuisine comfort food with a southern flair. For more information, visit the hotel website or call 502-627-5045.

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