Tailgating & Activities

Tailgating Contest presented by  The National! 
Tailgating at the Virginia Gold Cup races is a time honored tradition so make the most of the day and participate in the Tailgate Contest. The best tailgates have a theme, decorations and special food and drinks recipes. Reserved tailgating spots are available on the Member’s Hill, North Rail and South Rail.

When you reserve a tailgate spot you are eligible to enter the tailgate competition – and it is free! Tailgates are judged by a panel of local food and TV personalities.

If you have reserved a tailgate spot and would like to enter the competition, send your name, contact information, and tailgate spot number to info@bendurepr.com by 5pm on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Past prizes have included dinners and hotel stays, airline tickets and gift baskets.

Official drink: The Mint Julep - click here for the recipe

Hat Contest - presented by XS Telecom
Once again, we will be holding our popular hat contest on Race Day.

Categories Judged include:
1. Best Racing Theme
2. Funniest/Most Outrageous
3. Most Glamorous/Elegant
4. Best Child (under 18)
5. Best Men’s Showing

Entering the contest is easy. If your party is on Members Hill come to the Winner’s Circle in front of the Steward Stand at 2:15pm and pickup your entry number. The contest will start at 2:30pm. If you party is located in either the North or South areas of the course meet at the Entrance Gate to Members Hill at 2:00pm. Look for the sign that says “Hat Contest” and join the parade to the Winner’s Circle.

       

Reserved Parking Spaces

All reserved spaces may be renewed by the person who purchased the space for the previous Gold Cup. The renewal deadline is March 2nd. After that all spaces will be sold on a first-paid first-served basis. We will assign you the best available space and will contact you should we not be able to meet your reservation request.

Paddock Parking 1
Price: $600.00

Includes a 12'x 20' space adjacent to the paddock enclosure. The space comfortably accomodates 18 guests. Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 2 South General Admission car passes and 6 Members Hill badges.

Paddock Parking 2
Price: $500.00

Same as Paddock Parking, but behind the first row. The space is slightly larger, (16'x20') to accommodate up to 18 guests. Includes also 1 Reserved Parking pass, 2 - South General Car passes and 6 Members Hill badges.

Paddock Parking 3
Price: $400.00

Same as Paddock Parking 2, just one row back.

North Rails 1, 2, 3; South Rails 1, 2, 3 and 4

Reserved parking spaces are available in rows 1 through 4 (row 1 being closest to the race course). Rows 1 - 3; Cost includes a 12'x 20' space which comfortably accommodates up to 18 guests. 1 Reserved parking pass, 2 General Admission car passes and 6 Members Hill badges. To facilitate viewing of all rows, no vehicles over 7' tall will be admitted to rows 1 through 3 of the reserved parking areas.  Row 4 - See specific ticket package for descriptions.  No personal tents of any kind are allowed in this area.  Also prohibited are balloons, flags of any kind, music, generators and grills.

Rail 1 North
Price: $600.00

Rail 2 North
Price: $500.00

Rail 3 North
Price: $400.00

Rail 1 South
Price: $600.00

Rail 2 South
Price: $500.00

Rail 3 South
Price: $400.00

South Rail 4 (oversized)
Price: $400.00

At 15' wide x 20' deep and in the back of the South tailgating spaces this oversized space is the perfect space for you if you have a vehicle that is over 7' TALL.  It includes 1 Reserved Car Pass, 2 General Admission Car Passes and 6 Member's Hill Badges. 

North Railside Party Box
Price: $0.00

Accomodates up to 50 Guests:  Party Box includes 20' Wide x 16' fenced railside box perfect for the larger tailgate groups.  Includes 12 General Admission Car Passes and 10 Program Vouchers (to be redeemed on race day).   Available for International Gold Cup Races Only.

South Railside Party Box
Price: $0.00

Accomodates up to 50 Guests:  Party Box includes 20' Wide x 16' fenced railside box perfect for the larger tailgate groups.  Includes 12 General Admission Car Passes and 10 Program Vouchers (to be redeemed on race day).  Available for International Gold Cup Races Only.

Members Hill Reserved Spaces

Steward Stand Parking # 1 - 56
Price: $675.00

Exclusive Members Hill tailgating along the finish line. The space is 12' x 20' and allows for parties for up to 18 guests.   Includes 1 Reserved Car Pass and 6 Member's Hill Badges.  If you are NOT RENEWING your space from last year, but are ordering a Steward Stand Parking for the first time, please add your 2nd preference in the Request Field, as there is very limited availability.  Only second row parking is available for new orders!

Steward Stand Parking #57 - 87
Price: $650.00

Broadview Box
Price: $675.00

Mingle with the "Who is Who" of The Virginia Gold Cup races, and tailgate in a Broadview Box with unbelievable views of the race course. The space is 12' x 20' and allows for parties for up to 18 guests.  Includes 1 Reserved Car Pass and 6 Member's Hill Badges.  If you are NOT RENEWING your space from last year, but are ordering a Broadview Box for the first time, please add your 2nd preference in the Request Field, as there is very limited availability.

Oakwood Box
Price: $550.00

Private 10'x 10' fenced box overlooking the racecourse accommodates 8 guests and includes 4 chairs, 1 bench, 1 Members Hill car pass, 1 North General Admission car pass and 8 Members Hill badges.

Race Sponsors

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