officials said the origin of that structure is unclear, but the believe horses were saddled there until a new paddock debuted near the Clubhouse in 1924. The paddock roof and frame will cover about 5,500 square feet of the second floor Terrace.
stadium seating. The project includes 14,000 square feet inside the existing grandstand that will be renovated.
The Mansion project was part of a $9 million renovation that included adding the and a 218 seat Plaza Balcony, a premium seating area overlooking the paddock without a view of the races.
Churchill officials said most of the new Grandstand Terrace seats will be included in the November online sale of Derby and Oaks tickets.
The new facilities also could be used for family parties, other social gatherings and entertainment, the announcement said.
The additional sections would bring the permanent seating to 55,638, although many of the seats aren't used on regular race days. New sections 226, 227 and 228 will be bleachers. New third floor sections 326, 327 and 328 will have flip up seats.
An artist rendering of the grandstand terrace project at Churchill Downs(Photo: Churchill Downs)
and bathroom accommodationsNew upgrade is expected to be ready by the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 20LOUISVILLE Churchill Downs on Tuesday said its new grandstand seating near the Kentucky Derby starting gate will add 2,400 seats as part of a $14.5 million project to improve food, beverage and bathroom accommodations.
Other recent projects include a 296 seat Mansion that opened for this year's Oaks and Derby, offering specially prepared food, a penthouse view of the finish line and other creature comforts to people willing to pay between $7,000 and $12,500 each for both days.
The project will preserve and elevate Omega Watch Geneve Automatic a 50 foot by 100 foot section of roofing from an early 1900s paddock at the track.
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Construction will begin Thursday and is expected to be ready for the Kentucky Oaks on May 2 and Kentucky Derby on May 3.
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The board of Louisville based Churchill Downs Inc. approved the plans Monday. An earlier version of the plan then called the Rooftop Garden was filed earlier this month with Louisville Metro planning, but Churchill officials declined to discuss it in detail because it hadn't been approved internally.
The project is being called the Grandstand Terrace, adding seats on the second and third floors, new and expanded restrooms and other wagering, food and beverage facilities. The Rooftop Garden part of the project will be a hospitality lounge area for VIP guests. Prices for the new seats are being finalized, the track said.
Track officials said the new seating will be the first addition to the second and third floors of the Grandstand in 60 years. Flanery said the plans were developed in part through surveying grandstand seat holders at this year's events.
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