Churchill Downs Starting Gate Suites | Calhoun Construction

Churchill Downs Starting Gate Suites

Louisville, Kentucky

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 expansion creating 36 new suites. The project included an addition of a new suite tower on top of the existing grandstand, new elevators, bars, and mutuels. The structure for the new tower is dropped through the grandstand and 2nd floor plaza. The project was completed while the track practiced every day and during three meets.



  • Construction Manager
  • Self-Perform
  • New Construction
  • 60,000 sqft
  • Opened 2018

"Calhoun has been a great partner to Churchill Downs. From preconstruction through final project delivery, the entire team is engaged in making sure that our projects are completed on time and within budget. Calhoun does a great job of working around our busy events schedule and ensuring that our business is not interrupted any more than necessary as a result of the ongoing renovations. I would highly recommend that you consider Calhoun for your upcoming projects.";

Ryan Jordan, General Manager