- Dec. 29, 2010. Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is pleased to announce that the 39th annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be played at the new KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville on Friday, April 22, 2011. The game has been held at Freedom Hall since its inception in 1973. The Derby Festival Night of Future Stars will be held on Thursday, April 21, at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall. Tickets for the Basketball Classic, which include free admission to the Night of Future Stars, go on sale Jan. 14 and will cost $15 (plus facility fee) for all seats in the arena.