CDI celebrates Derby City Gaming Downtown debut

December 6, 2023
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This is the sixth HRM entertainment venue to open in Kentucky.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has opened Derby City Gaming Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky. The $90m two-story entertainment venue offers horseracing fans access to 500 historical horseracing machines (HRMs), along with a gaming floor.

Derby City Gaming Downtown marks CDI’s sixth HRM entertainment venue to open prior to the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby. CDI celebrated the occasion with public festivities and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The company also presented the Norton Healthcare Foundation and The Hope Bus with a $40,000 charitable donation as part of the open ceremony.

Company CEO Bill Carstanjen commented, "This project is one of which I'm particularly proud because in addition to its impact on the Kentucky horse industry, it's going to bring new energy to our downtown and stimulate investments like it.

“Derby City Gaming Downtown will give locals, bourbon tourists, convention attendees and all our visitors, another much needed entertainment facility in this region. Investing in downtown Louisville was more than a financial decision. It is an investment in the spirit and the culture and the future of our city.”

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear took a moment to elaborate on the state’s unique relationship with racing and commended CDI for its continuing focus on investing in the local community.

He said, “As you all know, racing is a key part of our history and our culture. Churchill Downs brings folks from across the state and across our world together.

“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.”

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