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Churchill Downs Inc. opens Derby City Gaming in downtown Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) announced the opening of Derby City Gaming Downtown (“DCG Downtown”) in Louisville, Kentucky. The $90 million investment marks CDI’s sixth historical racing machine (“HRM”) entertainment venue in Kentucky. The public grand opening festivities included a commemorative ribbon cutting and a $40,000 charitable donation to Norton Healthcare Foundation and The Hope Buss, reflecting CDI’s commitment to revitalizing downtown Louisville.   

The 43,000 sq. ft. two-story Kentucky Derby-themed entertainment venue includes a gaming floor with 500 state-of-the-art HRMs featuring some of the market’s most popular and fan-favorite themes. DCG Downtown offers three unique food and beverage experiences: First Turn Sports Bar & Stage hosts the property’s Race & Sports Book along with a stage for live entertainment, Trophy Bar Bourbon & Cigars offers the finest bourbons and hand-rolled cigars with a smoking patio and Fascinator Wine Bar provides an intimate atmosphere with a refined wine list and small bites. The entertainment destination includes 130 on-site guest parking spaces and boasts an exterior façade wrapped with the region’s first naked-eye 3D video board. A Kentucky Derby gift shop is located on the property’s main level, with a dedicated street entrance for all ages.   

“As you all know, racing is a key part of our history and culture. Churchill Downs brings folks from across the state and our world together,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “This company isn’t just resting on where they’ve been; they’re laser-focused on where they’re going. They’re working tirelessly to be even better to ensure their future and our future as Kentucky is brighter than ever.” 

The development of DCG Downtown generated 400 construction jobs and will result in over 150 permanent jobs. CDI joined Messer Construction to focus project efforts on supplier diversity, economic inclusion and community engagement. Over $14 million of the investment was spent with Minority, Women and Veteran-owned subcontracting services.

The opening of DCG Downtown coincides with the milestone countdown of 150 days to the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) unveiled the official Kentucky Derby 150 Mint Julep Glass and Kentucky Oaks 150 Lily Glass to celebrate. Churchill Downs also launched the #MyDerbyMemory contest, inviting fans across the globe to share their Derby memories on social media to win two tickets to the 150th Kentucky Derby, to be held on May 4, 2024.

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