LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), one of the world’s most historic sports and entertainment venues, will create an improved infield guest entry experience for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and beyond with a $4.4 million capital investment through the construction of a new Infield Gate at the corner of 4th Street and Central Avenue. Churchill Downs will also spend $3.9 million to complete the colonnade wall from the Paddock Gate to the Clubhouse Gate. Approximately 25% of the total $8.3 million capital investments will be spent in 2018, with the remainder spent before the Kentucky Derby in 2019.
This new entrance will significantly improve pedestrian flow for general admission ticket holders who want to watch the races from the infield which boasts the biggest Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks parties during the first weekend in May. The existing brick wall along Central Avenue will be extended to meet a new concaved corner wall and marquee sign that will greet visitors approaching the racetrack via Central Avenue. In addition, this entrance will feature eight ticket sales windows and 30 turnstiles to improve the customer experience. Additional space also has been allotted for security screenings to ensure people move through the entry process quickly and safely.
In October 2017, we announced a $32 million project to improve the parking and transportation experience which included a colonnade wall from the Executive Gate to the enlarged Paddock Gate entrance. This new project will extend the colonnade wall from the Paddock Gate to the Clubhouse Gate. The colonnade wall will create a uniform perimeter as it continues the architecture established with last year’s project. Additionally, a portion of the colonnade will conceal back-of-house operations from the customer’s view.
Construction on the new Infield Gate and extension of the Colonnade Wall will begin after the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and be completed prior to the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, which will be staged for the 145th consecutive year on Saturday, May 4. Populous is the architect and Calhoun Construction Services will serve as the project manager.
Every fall, Churchill Downs sells the following year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks via an online sale. Guests may sign-up to be invited to the 2019 Kentucky Derby online sale to receive ticket and pricing information at https://www.kentuckyderby.com/tickets/2019. Registration for the 2019 online sale will end Sunday, Nov. 4.
Tickets for the 2018 Fall Meet can be purchased online at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets or by calling (502) 636-4400. For parking information, please visit: https://www.churchilldowns.com/visit/info/parking.
About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 4, 2019. The track’s 2018 Fall Meet will run from Oct. 28-Nov. 25. An eight-time host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Churchill Downs will again be the site of that event on Nov. 2-3, 2018. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.
About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event - The Kentucky Derby. We are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 8,000 gaming positions in six states. We have launched our BetAmerica Sportsbook at our two Mississippi casino properties and have announced our plans to enter additional U.S. real money online gaming and sports betting markets. Derby City Gaming, the first historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in Louisville, was opened in September 2018 with 900 HRM machines. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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