Kentucky Downs will begin its $25 million expansion and renovation with a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. CT.
On hand for media interviews will be Kentucky Downs’ co-managing partners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, the prominent Nevada entertainment entrepreneurs who head the partnership that purchased the horse-racing and year-round entertainment facility in March.
Also available will be construction project head R.T. Browning; Allan Creel, a member of the ownership group and digital-printing pioneer Creel Printing; and Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager Ted Nicholson.
Browning’s more than 20 years of experience in overseeing construction projects in the casino industry include Las Vegas-based Stations Casinos entertainment company, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas luxury resort and Graton Resort and Casino in California’s Sonoma County.
Kentucky Downs’ first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more food, beverage and entertainment options.
The first phase is scheduled for completion before the 2020 live race meet begins Wednesday, Sept. 2. The existing building will undergo its own dramatic renovation during the expansion, including transforming part of the current gaming floor into restaurants and other food and beverage outlets.
The combined expansion and renovation will nearly double the gaming operation, housing 1,200 Historical Horse Racing (HHR) gaming terminals. Kentucky Downs currently has 753 HHR terminals.
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