A Look at Steeplechase by the Numbers

Some of the best horses and riders in the world will be competing in seven races for over $500,000 in purses at Saturday’s 76th Iroquois Steeplechase, presented by Bank of America. For the spectators who have long anticipated the second Saturday in May, and “Nashville’s Rite of Spring,” it’s never been more convenient to enjoy the day hassle-free.

If you have never experienced Steeplechase before, check out Steeplechase by the numbers:New this year in the Infield is The Fox Den, a large tent located in the middle of the Infield that includes a Southern barbecue spread by Jim ‘N Nick’s, craft beer and wine and entertainment all day, with the freedom to come and go as desired. Individual Infield tickets are $85 ($100 on Friday and Saturday), and the Fox Den add-on is $75. Tickets can be purchased online at www.iroquoissteeplechase.org or through the new Iroquois Steeplechase mobile app through race day. Alternatively, tickets are available at the Will Call tent at 7179 Highway 100.

“As our other society tents grew in popularity, we recognized the need to provide this all-inclusive type of tent in the infield — ideal for people with tailgating spaces who prefer to have their food and drink provided rather than bring in their own — but also accessible for box holders and patrons in other areas who want a taste of the unique infield experience,” Iroquois Chairman Dwight Hall said. “In addition, other tents such as the Hunt Club are known for providing the opportunity to network and entertain guests, so we look forward to seeing the Fox Den become that space for the somewhat younger demographic that typically populates the infield.”

While most areas of the race are long sold out, Infield, Fox Den and General Admission ($20) tickets will continue to be available through race day. Patrons are welcome to bring in their own food and beverage (no glass), or take advantage of the all-inclusive Fox Den.

“We have found that many people are new to town or to the event and aren’t part of a large tailgating group, and these individual options are perfect,” Hall said.