LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs is expanding again.

A new $37 million renovation will add nearly 2,000 seats to the racetrack before the 2018 Kentucky Derby. 

More than 75,000 square feet of new space on the north end of the track will feature three floors of suites along with dining and event space.

“The Starting Gates Suites project is our next step in the company’s ongoing efforts to improve and enhance the facilities and the customer experience at Churchill Downs,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “The demand for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks tickets remains extraordinary with the number of reserved seating requests vastly exceeding our available inventory on an annual basis. This sweeping new addition will be a terrific benefit to our facility on many levels.” 

Each level in the Starting Gate Suites will feature event space with a total of 576 seats. The project also will include the construction of 110 new third-floor Grandstand seats. The suites will feature indoor lounge areas with a bar and private balcony that overlooks the top of the homestretch.

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