“The Grandstand Terrace and Rooftop Garden offer a rare opportunity to create new seating for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, but it’s even more exciting because the new and updated amenities will significantly improve the experience for a large percentage of fans that join us in the Grandstand for this great sports and entertainment spectacle,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “The new and renovated concessions, restrooms and wagering locations will be conveniently accessible for all of our Grandstand patrons. The result will be improved service and a more enjoyable experience during the premier weekend in American racing.
“We surveyed our Grandstand patrons during the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Oaks and the improvement and expansion of concessions, wagering and restroom facilities were at the top of their list of recommendations. Along with enhancing our Kentucky Derby and Oaks experience, we believe the unique Grandstand Terrace and Rooftop Garden will be popular venues for family celebrations and other social gatherings and present another entertainment option at our historic track.”
In keeping with the history of the racetrack, a portion of the existing Grandstand to be razed will be preserved and used in the Grandstand Terrace. A section of the Grandstand rooftop that once served as the paddock roof 100 years ago will be elevated and used in the Terrace to cover a 5,500 square foot space on the second-floor.
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