Officials with Churchill Downs recently announced that a $37-million renovation will be taking place at the Thoroughbred raceway which will result in new luxury suites, interior dining tables and new grandstand seating on the third floor.
A release from the track states that a total of 1,800 new seats will be introduced to the track under the project and that the renovations are expected to be finished prior to the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
An aspect of the renovation will see 77,250 of new space introduced to the north end of the facility. The structure in question will feature three floors of individual luxury suites to go along with both dining and event spaces. The individual suites will feature indoor lounge seating with a bar and a private tiered balcony that overlooks the start of the Kentucky Derby at the top of the homestretch.
“The Starting Gates Suites project is our next step in the company’s ongoing efforts to improve and enhance the facilities and the customer experience at Churchill Downs,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. “The demand for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets remains extraordinary with the number of reserved seating requests vastly exceeding our available inventory on an annual basis. This sweeping new addition will be a terrific benefit to our facility on many levels.”