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Churchill Downs Set for $18M Makeover

Added on: Sept. 22, 2015

Churchill Downs recently announced plans for a massive $18 million improvement project to the iconic track & venue and has stated that completion will be ready in time for the 2016 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. Churchill Downs is one of the most recognised sporting venues in the world and it first opened way back in 1875.

The President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, Kevin Flanery, said “With more than 170,000 people attending this year’s Kentucky Derby, the demand for tickets to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby is at an all-time high.”

He then went on to say, “Our fans are looking for a variety of unique experiences – from picnics in the infield to concierge service in the Mansion. Few events in the world can offer the wide array of customer experiences that we do around the Kentucky Derby and, ultimately, it’s up to us to continue to create fresh, diverse and differentiated products that satisfy everyone’s wishes.”

Improvements will be made to the interior and exterior and most noticeable changes will be visible at the Stakes Room, Turf Club, Turf Club Draftsman Balcony and Turf Club Roses Lounge. Other changes will be made to the Directors Room and Clubhouse Balconies and the interior improvements will be ready in time for the 21-day Fall Meet which will run from November 1st to 29th. The seating area for more than 500 guests in the new premium areas will include a variety of modern booths & banquettes to the more traditional looking tables.

The entire capital improvement project is scheduled to be completed just before the 2016 Spring Meet which will kick off on Saturday 30th April, 2016. The 142nd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) and $2 million Kentucky Derby are will be taking place on Friday 6th May and Saturday 7th May, 2016, respectively. The proposed U-shape bar and lounge area will also be designed to greatly enhance each visitors experience.

Flanery finished by saying, “We remain steadfast in making these significant and vital investments to make certain that Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and everyday racing remain major economic engines for our city, state and region.” All of the comments contained within this article came from the official Kentucky Derby website, where you can find out more about the exciting changes that are coming soon to Churchill Downs.