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.