Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, has invested over $150 million in renovations at the historic track over the last decade. These renovations include the recent $9 million sixth-floor Mansion, the Paddock Plaza, the new media center/simulcast wagering venue known as the Parlay, the $122.4 million renovation of the Clubhouse and Grandstand in 2005, and the permanent outdoor track lighting completed in 2010. In the latest multi-million-dollar project, Churchill Downs has announced plans for its $14.5 million Grandstand Terrace Project.
The Grandstand Terrace Project will create nearly 2,400 new seats in the grandstand areas on the second and third floors in a 51,000 square foot area of new space. In addition to new seating, the project includes renovation of existing bathrooms, wagering locations, and concessions, plus the addition of nine new bathrooms. The renovation also includes a VIP section known as the Rooftop Garden.
The Grandstand Terrace will be located behind and next to the track’s current grandstand that overlooks the top of the stretch. This area of the track is most frequently used for the running of the Kentucky Derby, or any other 1 ¼ mile race. The new seating will no doubt give Kentucky Derby patrons a memorable experience as a 20-horse field gallops past below.