Churchill Downs says track renovations will be complete for Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The race is on for Churchill Downs. There's about six weeks until the Kentucky Derby and work still to be done.
"With construction projects there's always a lot to do. It always looks like, 'Are they going to get done?' That's the number one question we get asked," said Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers.
Rogers says everything will be finished on time and crowds on the field and in seats benefit from the upgrades. A new TV on the track costs $12 million.
"It is the world's largest outdoor video board. It'll provide 4K technology which essentially is ultra high definition," he said.
Rogers says a worker was recently hospitalized after falling 12 feet. He says construction on the video board has continued.
Rogers says brutal winter weather has slowed things down, but adjustments are being made to keep everything on track.
"So we have a $14.5 million grandstand terrace project, which is 51,000 square feet of new space here at the Downs and then it also involved about 14,000 square feet of renovated space on the far end of the grandstand, which is near the top of the stretch where the start of the Derby is," Rogers said.
This part of the project will include 2,400 new seats. It's all part of the effort to keep the place full for years to come.
Oaks Day plans were also announced Tuesday. Churchill Downs is partnering with a new non-profit organization for the 2014 Pink Out and Survivors Parade called "Bright Pink."
"Everything we do at Bright Pink is focused on educating these women on the signs and symptoms of breast and ovarian cancer, ways to be proactive, understanding risk factors," Bright Pink Marketing Manager Carli Feinstein said.
Churchill Downs is donating $50,000 to kick-off the Pink Out fundraiser, held on Oaks Day.
This year, 140 breast or ovarian cancer survivors will be walking in the survivors since its the 140th year of the race.
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