Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky plans a number of major capital investments offering a variety of new VIP guest experiences, including the construction of permanent stadium seating, a hotel and historical racing machine facility in the first turn at the legendary racetrack as well as a renovation project of Millionaires Row. Pending final approval of a Kentucky Tourism Development Incentive Act, the $300 million investment project would begin in December 2019 with projected completion at the end of 2021. The development will transform the first turn of the 190-acre facility and provide guests opportunity for never-before imagined Kentucky Derby experiences.
The new 156-room, seven-story hotel will feature track side suites, all of which will offer private balconies and covered panoramic views of the entire track, as well as non-track facing rooms that will offer access to a second-floor party deck to watch racing. A Penthouse banquet room, 27,000 square foot ballroom and meeting rooms will add desirable event space throughout the year.
The hotel will include a 900-machine state-of-the-art HRM gaming floor, sports bar, VIP lounge and multiple year-round dining venues. New permanent covered stadium seating for 4,700 will replace the 3,300 temporary grandstands historically located in that area. It will provide views of races and the famous Kentucky Derby walkover as well as an all-inclusive hospitality experience. In total, the project will provide approximately 5,500 new reserved seating options for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Additionally, 6,700 existing customers will have access to upgraded amenities.
The renovated space will feature private dining rooms, lounge seating, window dining and a speakeasy bourbon room. More information on individual tickets to the new space for Kentucky Derby 2020 will be made available during an online ticket sale later this year.
Renovation will begin at the close of Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet in December 2019 and will be completed prior to the running of the 146 th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Kevin Flanery is President of Churchill Downs Racetrack.
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