Churchill Downs Set for $16 Million Renovation of Second Floor Clubhouse
The second floor of the Churchill Downs clubhouse is getting an upgrade. A $16 million capital project covering 95,000 square feet is scheduled to begin following the Fall Meet, which ends November 27. The project will be completed by the end of April and in time for the Spring Meet which starts April 27 and the 2017 Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.
The improvements will include an upgrade in food and beverage offerings with 25 new points of sale, adding 75 additional restroom facilities and more wagering windows and flat-screen TVs. Increased venue circulation is also part of the planned project.
“Churchill Downs places the highest emphasis on customer service, and we’re listening to what our guests have told us,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Through recent post-event surveys, customers have steadily told us that they’d prefer better flow in our facility with less time waiting in line, more restrooms and additional food offerings. We believe these new and upgraded amenities will significantly add to the overall experience for our Clubhouse guests and will result in a more enjoyable experience for enjoying a day at the races.”
Other additions will include a new Twin Spires Club Elite Gold room for VIP bettors, an enlarged Champions Bar, and the Aristides Lounge.
Guests seated in the Clubhouse’s second floor for the Derby and Kentucky Oaks include horse owners, trainers and VIP bettors.
The second-floor renovations are part of an on-going series of upgrades to Churchill Downs–a total of $87.4 million has been committed to capital improvements of the 142-year-old venue over the past seven years, and $209.8 million since a major renovation of the clubhouse and grandstand was completed in 2005.