2016 Kentucky Derby®: Official Upgrade Packages Available

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 17:17 PM

Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Turf Club Upgrades

The web is buzzing with chatter regarding Churchill Downs’ recent announcement that they will be launching an $18 million improvement project that’s scheduled to be completed by the 2016 Kentucky Derby!  The swanky new upgrades possess a style and allure that’s a good bit Great-Gasby-meets-mid-century-modern decorating.  These upgrades will impact several premium seating areas and venues, including the Turf Club. 

This means that not only will we have additional premium ticket packages for you to choose from, but also that several of our existing packages will now reflect these gorgeous upgrades!  Check out summaries of our new offerings below as well as Churchill Downs’ renderings of the new spaces!

Stakes Room

The new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor is a spectacular open space paying homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.  This area offers one of the best, if not the best, views of the finish line!  This exclusive grand setting will feature gourmet food stations, a premium open bar and wagering stations.  In addition, you will have access to the Stakes Room Terrace with a viewing platform the entire length of the room stretching from the Paddock Area to the finish line.

Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Stakes Room

Stakes Room Balcony

With seating on the newly-covered outdoor terrace, the Stakes Room Balcony gives you an unbelievable view of all the pre-race warm-up action in the Paddock as well as a first-rate view of the finish line!  You will also have access to the new and enlarged Stakes Room, which will feature gourmet food stations, a premium open bar, wagering stations and much more!

Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Stakes Room Terrace

Turf Club

The newly-renovated Turf Club is the venue where celebrities from all walks of fame congregate.  Professional athletes, movie and TV stars, recording artists – they’re all here with no velvet ropes!  Plated meals will be served and the bar will be open all day.

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Turf Club Row B

Turf Club Row B seats will have an incredible third-floor view of the track from inside the room.  While Turf Club patrons will have access to the Turf Club Balcony to view the Paddock, please note that this is an indoor race experience only. 

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Turf Club Roses Lounge

The new Turf Club Roses Lounge, located on the third floor adjacent to the Turf Club where the Matt Winn Dining Room once was, will feature a new premium open bar, banquette seating with plated meal service, access to wagering stations and more!  Twelve signature banquette tables will be dedicated to each Triple Crown™ winner, and a Champions Wall will be in place with plaques honoring each Kentucky Derby winner.

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Turf Club Roses Terrace

The newly-designed Turf Club Roses Terrace boasts amazing third-floor views of the track, while giving you one of the few outdoor seating options in the Turf Club.  Guests will have access to the Turf Club, premium open bar, private wagering stations and more! 

Turf Club Roses Terrace

Turf Club Balcony

The new Turf Club Balcony will feature booth and table seating beneath a translucent canopy with a spectacular vantage point of pre-race activity in the Paddock.  With access to the Turf Club, this package will feature plated meal service, premium open bar, access to wagering stations and much more!

Turf Club Draftsman Balcony

Finish Line Suites Balcony

The Finish Line Suites Balcony boasts the best viewing of the regal grounds of Churchill Downs.  From the private fifth-floor covered terrace you can observe the Paddock area, where you’ll be able to see the horses, jockeys, and trainers preparing for the races, as well as the amazing finish of the races with a multi-tiered view of the track’s finish line from the terrace! 

Clubhouse Courtyard

These first-floor packages give guests a clear view of the horses entering the track from the Paddock area, jockeys and trainers preparing for the races, and a first-hand view of the track’s finish line!  Guests in the Clubhouse Courtyard will be seated directly in front of the Owners’ Suites and will enjoy full food and beverage options as well as a full open bar!

Be the First to Experience the New Upgrades at Churchill Downs®!

Somebody has to break in the new renovations at historic Churchill Downs – it might as well be you!  Our packages include exclusive amenities that will ensure the most unforgettable experience possible for you and your guests.  Avoid the stress of trying to book a hotel room on Derby weekend – all of the new packages above can be upgraded to include a three-night stay at an exclusive area hotel such as the Galt House!

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Topics: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 2016 Kentucky Derby, 142nd Kentucky Derby

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