10/18/2016 2:52PM

Churchill Downs to renovate second floor


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs plans to begin a $16 million renovation of the second-floor area of the track when the fall meet ends Nov. 27. The project is to be completed in time for the 2017 spring meet, according to a release from Churchill Downs Inc.

The project encompasses some 95,000 square feet, extending from the Gate 17 escalators and toward the racetrack. It covers the Gold Room and Champions Bar, as well as the Aristides Lounge.

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When the second-floor renovation is complete, Churchill Downs will have spent $87.4 million on improvements over the last seven years and nearly $210 million since a major overhaul of the clubhouse and grandstand began in 2003.

Michael Moneta More than 1 year ago
cdi has done a great job with Churchill and the Derby.they were running $10k claimers on Derby day back in the early 80's and Oaks day barely drew 40,000
Michael Moneta More than 1 year ago
arllington is not worth fixing until rld is gone as chairman.they also missed the boat with slots and no chance with rauner In office
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Should be trying to fix Arlington.
Michael Moneta More than 1 year ago
not worth fixing until rld is gone as chairman
john gardner More than 1 year ago
Every year CD improves the high-rollers sections of the track, and nothing for the peasants sections. CD makes enough money off the Derby to survive all year on, or makes more off the Derby than any other tracks make the entire year. The overwhelming majority of the money they make on Derby Day is off the peasants. Throw them some crumbs once in a while.
Andrew Young More than 1 year ago
I agree with your post. I am a gold club member due to my wagering on their ADW site. The Gold room is overrated I went to Churchill last month and was told a dress code was in effect, business casual. so I wore the appropriate attire and most of "regulars" were fat slobs in sweat pants. and  shorts. so let me say the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The food was average at best.
Michael Moneta More than 1 year ago
they do a good job taking care of both the peasants and high rollers
john gardner More than 1 year ago
Expansion of millionaires row isn't benefiting the avarage bettor, or the average Derby visitor, when they can't afford to use the facilities. These upgrades are for the high rollers and Hollywood elite, mainly Derby day, or Derby week. If CD wants to improve the facilities for the average Derby Day patron, they should expand the venues and facilities available for infield use. More restrooms, food and drink stands, more access for the disabled, etc.. On a side note, it's ironic that Ky. Legislators have fought to keep slots out of CD, and if you drive across the bridge into New Albany, In. Most of the vehicles parked at the Horseshoe Casino are from Ky...But, again, why does CD need more $$$ millions? To expand millionaires row, again.