Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Construction crews are pulling extra shifts to ensure renovation projects on Churchill Downs will be completed by the Derby.
"The workers are out here working double shifts making everything happen, but a lot can get done in these remaining few days," Churchill Downs Racetrack Senior Director of Communications and Media Services Darren Rogers said.
There are no horses yet, just hundreds of workhorses. No cheers coming from the grandstand quite yet, just the steady hum of construction. The new 51,000 square foot terrace gives track-goers more space to enjoy the show.
"Two thousand four hundred new stadium tip-up style seats, and you can just walk out to this deck area and grab some food and beverages," Rogers said.
A renovated grandstand is nearby with more amenities.
"We have 376 new restroom fixtures, tons of mutual windows and a brand new food and beverage plaza," Rogers said.
But the real star is this $12 million HD big board.
"It's the world largest outdoor video board," Rogers said.
It will debut this Saturday for night racing.
"Some people have asked us 'why are you building a 15,000 square foot board?' Well, we think it will make the racing experience better," Rogers said.
Churchill Downs hopes to be putting the finishing touches on all these improvements by the end of the week. Making sure everything is perfect for the first Saturday in May is top priority.
"We've got five days, and a lot can happen in five days, but the main focus is for
this new space to be open for Oaks and Derby week," Rogers said.