Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) will launch a $185- to $200-million redesign of the paddock that will be in place for the 150th GI Kentucky Derby in 2024. The “Paddock Project,” a massive expansion and redevelopment, is the final phase of CDI's three-year capital investment plan.
The transformation will increase the current 5,000 square feet of guest space to 12,000 square feet, update the capacity inside the paddock from 1,000 to 2,400 people, and add various club spaces and seating, including 3,612 new premium reserved seats and 3,250 new standing room-only tickets. In addition, the current paddock configuration blocks views of the twin spires from the entrance gate, while the new design will give better visibility.
“This is one of the most significant construction projects in the history of Churchill Downs Racetrack because it significantly impacts what we consider to be the heart of the property,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “We took great care to ensure this is designed in a way that would transform Churchill Downs while enhancing our ability to deliver on what our fans hope for and expect from us for generations to come.”
Construction will begin after Churchill's spring meet and will accommodate future live racing dates. The massive transformation of the paddock follows the $44.5-million Homestretch Club project that is set to debut this year during Derby Week and the $89.2-million Turn 1 Experience that will open next year.