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Churchill Downs provides first look at new Winner's Circle Suites, Courtyard

The new Courtyard and other new Churchill Downs features are nearing completion. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News) The new Courtyard and other new Churchill Downs features are nearing completion. (Source: Maira Ansari, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Churchill Downs' latest construction project was unveiled to the public on Wednesday.

The $4.2 million capital project consists of 20 private, open-air, all-inclusive Winner's Circle Suites; the new Courtyard, which will accommodate more than 600 temporary premium seats during Derby Week and provide a park-like setting for fans during the rest of the year, and a redesigned Trackside Winner's Circle.

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"We've been looking at the track as a whole and saying what experience are we not providing, what group do we need to take care of," said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery.

The project is designed to enhance the experience for owners that start horses in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, according to a Churchill Downs news release.

These new features were announced last October. Construction began in December and is nearing completion.

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The exclusive owner's area is located adjacent to the Trackside Winner's Circle with easy access to the racetrack and paddock runway with minimized congestion. The number of complimentary tickets for all participating owners in the Derby and oaks will be tripled to up to 18 tickets for their respective race day.

The Winner's Circle Suites feature comfortable undercover seating with in-venue wagering options and full-service hospitality, including a premium open bar and gourmet food. Guests also will have access to an indoor, semi-private hospitality area and restrooms exclusive to the venue.

"They have the seats facing the racetrack to watch the racing themselves in between races they can come back to this space," said General Manager of Churchill Downs Ryan Jordan. "Additional televisions wagering windows, chef's tables for the food and beverage as well as exclusive restroom for guests seated in those areas."

The Courtyard is a family-friend green space -- a spacious lawn area in front of the new Winner's Circle Suites. For Derby Week, more than 600 temporary premium seats will be configured in traditional rows and aisles with padded chairs. Those guests, along with patrons in Sections 218 and 219, will have access to an exclusive hospitality space with an all-inclusive menu and restrooms. After Derby, the Courtyard will be open to guests on most racing days with benches and picnic tables.

The suites had been in the works for the last few years. This in addition to recent upgrades such as the massive clubhouse and grandstand renovation and last year's Big Board videotron.

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