Massive renovation proposed for Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky State Fair Board has put forth an eight-year, $711 million master plan to upgrade the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
The Kentucky State Fair Board has put forth an eight-year, $711 million master plan to upgrade the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, KY. – A proposed eight-year, $711 million master plan would upgrade the Kentucky Exposition Center to the second largest contiguous space in the U.S.

The proposal, released earlier this month by the Kentucky State Fair Board, calls for enhanced exhibits, redeveloping hundreds of thousands of square feet of event spaces and halls, and adding 12 synthetic soccer fields to the property. In addition to these changes, the venue’s West Wing, West Hall, and Pavilion could be demolished.

As reported by Kentucky TV station WDRB, Kentucky Venues CEO and president David Beck says the plan has been presented to state lawmakers for approval. If things move forward, work on the project could begin in 2023.

Beck told WDRB that the proposed upgrades would be a positive for both the venue and the state, as it would create “jobs and tax revenue.”
According to the article, the board has been discussing the plan since the beginning of this year. If it moves forward, the plan will come together in three phases over eight years.

The first phase would cost roughly $290 million and would include the construction of the 12 soccer fields, a 140,000-square-foot multipurpose exhibit space with retractable seating, a 60,000-square-foot kitchen area (to be located under the new exhibit space), and 12 breakout rooms.

The second phase, costed at around $203 million, would see the addition of 240,000 square feet of new multipurpose space in two exhibit halls and 72,000 square feet of new storage space.

The third and final phase, priced at around $218 million, would include a new grand lobby, a 40,000-square-foot outdoor plaza, a 20,000-square-foot sky terrace, and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom.

According to Beck, the renovations to the convention center would not interrupt any events and would make the venue a major player in the world of meetings and events.

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