Admission, Passes and Seating
Any horseman or horsewoman possessing a current Florida racing license (with bar code) is entitled to free admission each racing day at Tampa Bay Downs. Entrance can be gained at any admission gate. Spouses of horsemen and horsewomen may obtain a photo identification badge from the front-side Security Office, which will entitle them to free admission.
Horsemen and horsewomen with valid out-of-state racing licenses are entitled to free admission, with one guest, at designated entrances. Contact the Horsemen’s Liaison at 813-855-4401, ext. 1368 for more details. Please note that pass requests must be made no later than 11:00 a.m. on race days.
A limited number of box seats are reserved each day for horsemen’s and horsewomen's use, with priority given to those horsemen and horsewomen with horses competing on that day’s card. Once again, please contact the Horsemen’s Liaison prior to 11:00 a.m.
The Customer Service Stand is manned by friendly, knowledgeable staffers and is located near the Grandstand entrance. Track location maps, betting guides, The Club applications and other racing-related informational flyers and pamphlets can be obtained at the Customer Service Stand, which is open on racing days from 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Overnight entries are available throughout the Grandstand and Clubhouse in designated bins and on the backside at the Security Gate and the Racing Office.
Owners with horses entered in any of Tampa Bay Downs’ graded stakes races are entitled to complimentary dining in the Skye Terrance Dining Room for up to six people. Reservations must be made through the Horsemen’s Liaison as far in advance as possible. Owners will be responsible for excess charges incurred should the party number be greater than six persons.
On Festival Day (March 6, 2021), only owners with horses in the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, the Florida Oaks and the Hillsborough Stakes can be accommodated for lunch. On Florida Cup Day (March 28, 2021), all owners and trainers are invited to enjoy a free catered buffet luncheon in the Trackside Pavilion.
Videotapes of Tampa Bay Downs races can be purchased from Sportview Television, Inc. For purchasers providing their own videocassette, each race costs $30 and includes a wide-angle pan shot and the head-on replay. Those without a videocassette should add $10. To order and pick up a videotape, contact the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper's Office at 813-855-4401, ext. 1337.
Photos may be ordered in the winner's circle or at the photography office on the main floor of the Grandstand in the northwest corner of the building, or by calling 813-855-4401, ext. 1246 during the racing season.
All licensed personnel will receive a 10% discount at the On-Track Gift Shop upon showing a validated license.