The Governance of US racing operator Churchill Downs has committed $38 million to expanding its marquee Louisville racetrack, the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Starting construction in January 2017, Churchill Downs plans to build a seven-story ‘Starting Gate Suite’, which will sit besides its existing ‘Jockey Club Suite’.
Announcing the construction of its new suite, Churchill Downs governance detailed that the facility would house an extra 36 VIP boxes and some 1,800 race seats.
Beginning its construction in 2017, Churchill Downs governance expects the luxury ‘Starting Gate Suite’ to be open to the public by the start of 2018.
Confirming the investment to the media, Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack President.
“The Starting Gate 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,”
“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.”