Churchill Downs | Calhoun Construction

Churchill Downs New Paddock Experience

The $185 – $200 million redesign is the final phase of a previously-announced three-year capital investment plan for Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) that will provide new, unique and extraordinary guest experiences for Kentucky Derby fans.

This project will transform the existing Paddock area in a manner that will enhance the experience for nearly every guest who enters the gates of the historic racetrack. The current Paddock configuration blocks views of the Twin Spires from the entrance gate and restricts circulation from the Clubhouse to the Grandstand. The bold new design will enhance visibility of the iconic Twin Spires, streamline guest circulation paths, update the audio visual experience and create additional value for guests by updating existing ticket products and amenities.


Churchill Turf Track

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

The current Matt Winn Turf Course, a 7/8-mile oval situated inside the one-mile dirt track, is the original surface when grass racing debuted 35 years ago at Churchill Downs in 1985. It is comprised of four-inch high Kentucky 31 Fescue (90%) and Bluegrass (10%) grown in a three-inch topsoil layer over a 13-inch course masonry sand base.

The new and more robust turf course will be a similar blend of fescue and bluegrass and will have a redesigned subsurface. The growing medium will contain a six-inch upper root zone layer created with a blended mix of topsoil and grit sand which will sit on a six-inch lower sand layer constructed with masonry sand. Churchill Downs planted several test plots in the spring of 2019 and selected the best for use in the new turf course.

The current track, which is 80 feet wide, was designed with a crown that runs down the center of the track to facilitate drainage, limiting the number of running lanes.

The new turf course includes a new state-of-the-art irrigation and drainage system, will be widened to 85 feet and be designed to use the full width and banking in the turns. The new course will provide multiple rail movement options with the capacity to accommodate four racing lanes that range from 0 to 36 feet out and as many as 14 participants per race.

Calhoun served as the construction manager for this renovation.


Churchill Homestretch Club

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

The Homestretch Club will renovate and update the grandstand area adjacent to the Twin Spires along the famed track’s homestretch. The project will convert what is currently outdoor bleacher seating next to the Winner’s Circle Suites and below the Jockey Club Suites into three unique seating options with all-inclusive amenities. This seating offers an ideal view of the starting gate, a superior vantage of the track’s Big Board and a bird’s eye view of the homestretch as the horses thunder to the finish line. Ticketed guests in the Homestretch Club will have access to 18,600 sq. ft. of new interior premium hospitality space in the first-floor concourse area that will be transformed into a newly reimagined, high-end air-conditioned club atmosphere to place a bet, enjoy the all-inclusive food and beverage offerings and other amenities. This premium hospitality space will be accented by a grand staircase and a 100 ft. feature bar making it an elegant and desirable option for special events at historic Churchill Downs.

The new all-inclusive ticket offerings for the Homestretch Club will include:

  • 30 Trackside Lounges along the rail for up to 200 guests offering a “courtside seat” experience
  • 66 Terraced Dining Tables for up to 440 guests creating covered outdoor dining
  • 2,610 Stadium Club seats providing a cushioned, comfortable and upgraded experience
  • 5 private VIP Hospitality Lounges for up to 60 guests

In total, the project will provide for 3,250 all-inclusive seats, which is 1,950 fewer reserved seats than were previously in this area. The $45 million Homestretch Club project is scheduled for completion in time for the 148th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2022.  Calhoun is serving as the construction manager for this renovation.


Matt Winn’s Steakhouse at Churchill Downs

Matt Winn attended every single Kentucky Derby for 75 years. His first was the first.

Over those 75 years he served as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack, changing the landscape of the Kentucky Derby forever.

Now, we invite you to Matt Winn’s Steakhouse to take part in this bygone era, from the grand traditions to the infallible fashion, all while celebrating what’s to come. Start with steak. Indulgent, gorgeous prime steak. Treat yourself to tableside service, and taste some of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys while overlooking the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.

Grab your hat. Let’s turn some heads.

Calhoun Construction was proud to serve as the Construction Manager for this iconic steakhouse.

 


Churchill Downs Turn One Experience

Opening for The Kentucky Derby – 2023, Churchill Down’s new Turn One venue will change the footprint and increase the customer experience at one of our most storied National treasures.  Boasting a ground level 65,000 square foot club space and accommodating over 2,000 patrons, club guests will enjoy incredible track site lines along Turn One.   At almost one and a half football fields in length, club patrons have walk up access to the track rail adding to an already incredible experience.  Guests ascending the escalators to the upper concourse and view levels can join more than 5,000 of their best friends in the new covered stadium-style padded arena seating.  The new Turn One facility is designed to operate year-round and we are excited and fortunate to provide this build for Churchill Downs.


Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa

Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa – The Coolest Spot in the Delta. Harlow’s offers exciting Mississippi casino gambling in Greenville, MS.

Harlow’s is owned by CDI, well known as Churchill Downs Incorporated. Its namesake racetrack, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., opened in 1875 and during its inaugural race meeting featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today.

Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.

As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:

  • Five racetracks;
  • Six casinos;
  • The country’s leading online wagering business, TwinSpires.com;
  • A video poker business
  • A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities; and
  • A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations.

CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York,  Ohio, and Washington.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor for multiple restroom renovations.


Riverwalk Casino & Hotel

Riverwalk Casino Hotel – the most exciting land-based casino destination in Vicksburg, MS. Enjoy the best in gaming, delicious dining choices and beautiful hotel rooms, many with lovely views of the Mississippi River.

Riverwalk is owned by CDI, well known as Churchill Downs Incorporated. Its namesake racetrack, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., opened in 1875 and during its inaugural race meeting featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today.

Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.

As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:

  • Five racetracks;
  • Six casinos;
  • The country’s leading online wagering business, TwinSpires.com;
  • A video poker business
  • A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities; and
  • A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations.

CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York,  Ohio, and Washington.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor for multiple restroom renovations.


Churchill Downs Exterior Improvements

Churchill Downs upgrades will improve traffic and parking flow for visitors. The project added a pedestrian plaza and enlarged paddock entrance gate for bus riders and pedestrians.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager. This project covered more than 2,000,000 sqft or 46 acres providing the construction of 3 new buildings, including a ticket office, a fire command center/security booth, and a new addition to the existing media building. A new media compound was constructed to feature multiple truck hookup that will be used to broadcast live racing events. Some other construction features on this job site included a 66” super interceptor and a large underground retention basin. Work was done in phases from November 2017 until the Kentucky Derby, and then from Kentucky Derby until the Breeders Cup in 2018.


Churchill Downs Gate 3

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the renovation of Gate 3. The Gate 3 renovation consisted of demolition of the existing gate structure, relocating the underground utilities, pour a new concrete slab at the new gate area, install removable fence panels that can configure as an entry gate, new concrete foundations for a new tent, vehicle bollards and new asphalt around the new gate area.


Churchill Downs Turf Club

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for this Churchill Downs Turf Club renovation. The project included demolition and renovation of the third and fourth floor Turf Club, outdoor bar, 2 new express elevators to the Turf Club and new ultra exclusive speakeasy bar.