'Rooftop Garden' addition to be built at Churchill Downs


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Big plans and changes are coming to Churchill Downs.
The $10 million project is called 'Rooftop Garden' and would add even more seating and a VIP area near the top of the homestretch.
This addition will allow even more fans to enjoy the view from a two level terrace and rooftop garden the next time the horses enter the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby. 

Construction hasn't started yet on the section of Churchill Downs.

According to plans filed with the Louisville Metro Planning and Design, the two story structure will also add more betting windows, concessions, restrooms and a VIP area.

Racing fans said it will attract even more people and income to the track.

"I don't think they'd be doing it if they didn't think they'd attract more people. The profit motive is always there," racing fan, Bill Thorp, said.
"I think it will get more of a crowd. I play the horses all the time. Help Churchill and hopefully bring Breeder's Cup back," racing fan, Norman Waters, said.

Churchill Downs officials aren't ready to comment, but spokesman John Asher did release this statement:

"We are working on a proposal that could result in improvements to areas of track, but several important internal steps remain and discussion of either concept or possible details would be premature."

This project comes after the addition of the Mansion, a $9 million renovation last year, which has been hugely popular.

The Rooftop Garden would cost an estimated $10 million.

The Mansion was part of a $9 million renovation last year.

No word yet on when construction would begin or a targeted completion date.