Derby City Gaming will be getting an upgrade later this year.

The 85,000-square-foot historical race wagering complex on Poplar Level Road in Louisville is now the subject of a $13.5 million expansion to add a new outdoor smoking patio on the south side of the facility.

The price tag of the project was revealed earlier this week when the facility’s owner, Churchill Downs Inc., presented at the Jefferies Global Consumer Conference.

The expansion should be done by the early fourth quarter of 2020, according to the presentation. 

“Derby City Gaming is adding a second smoking patio that will be able to hold up to 250 historical racing machines,” CDI said in an emailed statement to Louisville Business First. “This will add a new environment and experience for those players that enjoy smoking while playing.”

Historical racing machines are used in historical race wagering and are slot-like machines that have results based on previously run horse races. These are legal in Kentucky, unlike slots.  Click here to read more from Business First.