by Elise Schoening | March 25, 2020
Churchill Downs, home of the famed Kentucky Derby, is getting a new hotel and gaming facility. The $300 million project will include a 7-story hotel with 156 guest rooms, more than half of which will face the racetrack. 

The 96 trackside suites will offer private balconies and panoramic views of the course. A gaming floor featuring 1,000 slot-like historical racing machines is also expected, along with a sports bar, a VIP lounge and a restaurant. 

Events space will include a 27,000-square-foot ballroom, penthouse banquet room and meeting rooms. New permanent seating for 4,700 will be added to replace the temporary grandstands that are raised during the Kentucky Derby. The property is expected to open by the end of 2021.

"We took exceptional consideration with the design approach to this project to ensure that the addition will seamlessly enhance and complement the historic nature and iconic aesthetic of Churchill Downs," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "Our goal is to create a one-of-a-kind venue not just for Derby week, but for the public benefit of our community and visitors of Louisville to enjoy throughout the year."