Planning your

Race Day


The Iroquois Steeplechase is Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, and the season’s premier race in American Steeplechasing.

Watch some highlights from the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase:


77th Iroquois Steeplechase
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Percy Warner Park  
Nashville, TN

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. First race at 1:00 p.m.
Last race ends at approximately 5:30 p.m. with the featured race, the Iroquois.








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The Iroquois Steeplechase grounds at Percy Warner Park are located on the southwest side of Nashville. Directions to the grounds are dependent on your parking location and the entrance number for that parking lot. The appropriate entrance is on your parking tag.

If you’re coming from the airport & going to Entrance 1, 2, 6, or 8, click here for directions to Percy Warner Park.

If you’re coming from the airport & going to Entrance 4, 5, or 7, click here for directions to Percy Warner Park.

If you’re coming from I-40 & going to Entrance 1, 2, 6, or 8, click here for directions to Percy Warner Park.

If you’re coming from I-40 & going to Entrance 4, 5, or 7, click here for directions to Percy Warner Park.

Steeplechase's Preferred Transportation Sources

Those with parking passes should consult the parking tag that came with your Steeplechase ticket purchase(s). 


Race Day Catering

Steeplechase’s Premium Area Caterers

Caterers for 2018 will be annouced soon.




Tailgating & General Admission: Food

Those in tailgating and general admission must bring in food to their areas on race day, and may not have caterers deliver food on-site. 
There will also be food trucks in the tailgating areas! 



Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

First race at 1:00 p.m.

The Iroquois race ends at 5:30 p.m.

8:00 a.m.
RV tailgating and General Admission open

8:30 a.m.
Inside the track tailgating opens (Topside, Centerfield, Midfield, Stretch, The Turn,
and The Meadows.)

9:00 a.m.
Stirrup Club tailgating opens.

10:30 a.m.
RV and ‘inside the track’ tailgating vehicles must be in place.

11:00 a.m.
Stirrup Club vehicles must be in place.
Turf Club, Hunt Club, Iroquois Society, Paddock Club, and Fox Den tents open.

12:00 p.m.
Lot M parking vehicles must be in place.

12:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies

1:00 p.m.
First race begins. There are 7 races with approximately 40 minutes between each race.

Approx. 5:30 p.m.
The races end with the featured race, the Iroquois.
Iroquois Society, Paddock Club, Turf Club, Hunt Club and Fox Den tents close 15 minutes after the final race ends.


Day-Of Tickets

Yes, you may gain access to the races on the day of May 12, 2018 (if tickets are not sold out).

To purchase available General Admission tickets or individual tailgating armbands on the day of the Iroquois Steeplechase, go to the Will Call tent, located at 7179 Highway 100, or purchase through the Steeplechase app.

If you bought Steeplechase tickets online after April 25 at 4 p.m., you will also pick up your tickets at the Will Call tent. It is open Friday, May 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Phase 1: Renewals

OPENS: May 15, 2018 at 8 a.m.
ENDS: February 14, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Phase 2: Swaps  

OPENS: February 14, 2018 at 4 p.m.
ENDS: February 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Phase 3: Remaining Inventory Opens

OPENS: February 21, 2018 at 4 p.m.
ENDS: April 25, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Phase 4: Will Call Pickup

April 25, 2018 at 4 p.m.



Race Day Activities

Our Iroquois Steeplechase team and volunteers work year round to plan a day that highlights the best of Nashville culture, in addition to the premiere horse racing that takes place. Make these part of your Iroquois day experience:

Nashville Food Trucks

For those who didn’t bring their tailgating fare--or ate it too quickly!--we have plenty of mobile eatery options. We’ve re-located the food trucks inside the various tailgating areas to make things easier for you on race day.

Iroquois Shoppes

Bring your wallet to the races, because you don’t want to miss our special shopping areas! Patrons have the opportunity to shop for steeplechase styles on race day in our Iroquois Shoppes, a tented retail experience. Located in the Hospitality Village area and accessible from all areas, guests can browse a wide selection of goods--plus purchase Steeplechase souvenirs!

Thanks to the following 2017 Shoppes participants!

 Accent Bellevue  |  Crescent Bellevue/Music Row  |  CQ Luxe  |  Gus Mayer/Christine A. Moore Millinery  |  ExVoto Vintage Jewelry   Franklin Cigar  |  Hats by Katie  |  Iroquois Boutique  |  Ivory Cotton  |  Larkin Lane Designs

Leaf Filter Gutter Protection  |  Love Flowers Shop  |  LulaRoe Rachel Strong  |  Macy's - Green Hills  |  Mister Hats  |  Olive Vitality  |  RIDETV
Steurer & Co.  |  vineyard vines 

Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race

A time-honored tradition at the Iroquois Steeplechase is watching the kids compete in the Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race to win a $100 gift card to Phillips Toy Mart. The parents of the winner will receive $100 to Maggiano's Little Italy. There are many families who have raised their children on the tradition of the Steeplechase! Signup is located at the 99.7 WTN Tent in the Family Area.

Family Area and Tailgating Section

The Family Area is a a fun and flexible area featuring children’s activities and close proximity to the track for viewing. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Family Area will offer FREE games and activities for kids 12 and under who are accompanied by a parent.

Keep It Social

Get updates and share your race day photos with Steeplechase using the hashtag #TNSteeplechase on Twitter and Instagram (@TNSteeplechase), and your post may appear on the jumbotrons!


Tips & Guidelines

The Iroquois Steeplechase is Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, and the season’s premiere race in American Steeplechasing. We’ve compiled a list of tips & guidelines, everything you need to know to make the most of your race-day experience.




  • The race grounds are at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. 

  • Gates open at 8:00 am. Post-time for first race is 1:00 pm. All spectators must be off the grounds by dusk.

  • Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult (GENERAL ADMISSION AREA ONLY).

  • The parking tag you received must hang from your rear-view mirror BEFORE you approach the gates and displayed throughout the day.‬

  • Yes, you can bring your own picnic and/or food! That’s encouraged. We will also have food truck options on the ground. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED.

  • Yes, you can bring your own alcohol. However, responsible alcohol consumption is expected. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED.

  • If you do not have a ticket, you may purchase a tailgating space, tailgating armband, or General Admission ticket at the Will Call tent, located at 7179 Highway 100..

  • You must wear your armband at all times.

  • No vehicle larger than a mini-van, SUV or a standard-sized pickup truck will be allowed in the reserved parking spaces.‬ All vehicles in reserved parking spaces must fit within their designated space.‬

  • Round out your weekend with music, food and more: check out Visit Music City, the official resource of the Nashville Convention & Visitor's Center, for events and ideas for the perfect Nashville experience!

  • To purchase a ticket, go here.

Alcoholic Beverages

  • No possession or consumption of alcohol by minors, be prepared to show identification.

  • No kegs or drinking games. (ice luges, beer pong etc.).

  • NO GLASS CONTAINERS of any kind.


  • No pets are allowed on the grounds with the exception of service animals.


  • Children 2 years of age and older require an armband and must be under adult supervision at all times.

Credentials and Parking

  • Armbands are non-transferrable and must be worn at all times. Any duplication or counterfeiting of armbands will be punishable by the Iroquois Steeplechase. Be prepared to show armbands at all entrances.

  • All vehicles must display the appropriate parking pass for their designated space or lot.

  • Cars, trucks, small vans and SUVs are the only vehicles allowed in the following parking areas: Box Holder A&B, OTR, inside the track tailgating, Family Area, Stirrup Club Tailgating, VIP and Volunteer. NO buses, limousines, motor coaches, trailers or other wheeled vehicles.

  • Only one vehicle allowed per space.

  • RV tailgating is for RVs only, no cars trucks, vans or SUVs in RV area.


  • No one who appears intoxicated will be admitted to the grounds.

  • Responsible alcohol consumption is expected.

  • Please be courteous of your neighbors.


  • No amplified bands or DJs. In-vehicle sound systems must be kept at acceptable levels.

  • No inflatable devices such as climbing walls, slides, obstacle courses etc.

  • No fireworks or pyrotechnics or firearms.

  • No equipment or signs

  • No display of advertising, banners or signs.

  • No propane grills

  • No trailers

Food and Beverage

  • You may bring in your own food and beverages. NO GLASS of any kind is allowed.

  • Food and beverage will be for sale in the Family Area.

  • Food trucks will be set up in the various tailgating areas.

Sales of Goods and Services

  • The sale or promotion of food, drink, merchandise or services is strictly prohibited except as authorized by the Iroquois Steeplechase.


  • One tailgating tent, 10’x10’ or smaller per space. Tents may NOT be professionally installed.

  • General Admission tents may not be set up below boundary line.

  • Awnings or staked tents are not allowed.

  • Tents that obstruct views and site-lines will not be permitted.

  • Metropolitan Nashville Police Department will issue citations, make arrests and/or remove guests from the premises as deemed necessary. Failure to honor Iroquois Steeplechase policies will result in expulsion from the grounds
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Media Information

If you have interest in covering the Iroquois Steeplechase, please fill out the following form to apply for credentials.

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If you have questions about covering the race, please contact our public relations firm here.

The deadline to apply for media credentials is April 20, 2018.


Volunteer Information

Throughout the 76-year history of the Iroquois Steeplechase, volunteers have been instrumental in the success of each and every race. Join the ranks of our volunteer team on race day by filling out an application--or participate in volunteer and networking events throughout the year by joining the Iroquois Alliance.

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Are you willing to volunteer on race day? *

Watch our live feed of the 76th Iroquois Steeplechase:


Hat Contest

Steeplechase Hat Contest


The Iroquois Steeplechase Hat Contest is one of the feature attractions on race day. Watch for more information on the 2018 Hat Contest.