Churchill Downs spans 147 acres and can accommodate a capacity of up to 150,000 people on Derby day. The Derby is run on the main dirt oval track, which his one mile (1.6 km) in circumference and 80 feet wide, with a 7/8 mile turf track on the inside. The most recognizable feature of Churchill Downs, however, is the twin spire grandstand. Designed by architect Joseph Baldez and built in 1895, the beautiful architectural feature of the twin spire grandstand is used as a symbol of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and is recognized the world over.
Additional facilities at Churchill Downs include a newly renovated clubhouse with 79 luxury suites and beautiful murals depicting Kentucky Derby winners from 1875 to 2004. In addition to the world-class racetrack, the modern stables, and the contemporary clubhouse, Churchill Downs is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, which showcases the history of Churchill Downs and the famous Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. The museum features a range of informative exhibits that explore the training and racing of thoroughbred horses, as well as a state-of-the-art 360-degree movie theater that presents a short documentary about the Kentucky Derby called “The Greatest Race.” The Kentucky Derby Museum is open daily, year-round.
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