Luckett & Farley designed the iconic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs more than 125 years ago. Since then we have continued to design projects large and small at the racetrack, including a new dormitory on the backside, the development of a 10-year master plan for renovations and expansions, and design services for a renovated Gate One, a grand new entrance to the facility. In addition to these projects, Luckett & Farley also designed a $3 million renovation and expansion to the Kentucky Derby Museum which adjoins Gate One.

Luckett & Farley provided full architectural and engineering design services for the $127 million replacement and renovation of the clubhouse, grandstand, and various spaces throughout the legendary racing facility. The project required considerable planning and phasing throughout design and construction to accommodate spectators, Derby activities, and media.

Phase One was the renovation of the Jockey’s Club (the original Twin Spires area) and the addition of Jockey’s Club Suites, adding 66 new suites overlooking the track each with a capacity of 25 people. The first and second floors of the grandstand were also renovated. 

Phase Two was the replacement of the Clubhouse, including upgrades to the box seats in the grandstand. The Clubhouse was completely modernized, including a new off-track betting facility, commercial kitchens, dining, and conference space.


Included in the Phase Two replacement were dining and food service throughout the facility, featuring the following:

  • Turf Club dining area: 600 seats
  • Food Court: 72 seats
  • Silks Lounge: 461 seats
  • Matt Wynn Room: 234 seats
  • Group Sales (2 floors): 1,008 seats
  • Central kitchen: 5,600 SF
  • Three Full-service kitchens: 4,000 SF, 2,240 SF, and 1,477 SF
  • Two satellite kitchens: 1,086 SF and 1,966 SF

"We think it’s the most important renovation project at Churchill Downs in the last century. It will modernize our facility, give us many of the same amenities enjoyed by other stadiums and arenas and re-establish Churchill Downs as the preeminent racing facility in the world.”

Alex Waldrop
President, Churchill Downs

Project Details


Churchill Downs

Construction Value

$127 million


750,000 SF – New and renovated space under roof
100,000 SF – Three new floors of club suites
350,00 SF – Additional area under cover (not conditioned)

Services Provided



Interior Design

Master Planning