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Churchill Downs looking at options outside of racing for big board

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The big board made its debut the Saturday before Derby and instantly, track officials knew their $12 million investment was worth every penny. The big board made its debut the Saturday before Derby and instantly, track officials knew their $12 million investment was worth every penny.
John Asher John Asher

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a crazy fun filled week Churchill Downs will be dark until Thursday. Crews have been working around the clock to clean up the track and get it back into shape. If you were at the track for Oaks and Derby, the new big board was hard to miss. Ideas are now floating around about what to do with the board when horses aren't racing.

The big board made its debut the Saturday before Derby and instantly, track officials knew their $12 million investment was worth every penny.

"California Chrome, the derby winner was 70 feet tall after he won the Kentucky Derby," said Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher.

The board makes each and every spot at the track like a front row seat to all the action. It will be used now for every race and up coming concerts. So, when races aren't going on, what's going to happen to the 171 foot wide by 90 foot tall video board? Nothing is set in stone, but ideas are already coming in.

"We've had suggestions about occasionally showing a movie or having the worlds largest video game screen," said Asher. "Really things to that nature. We're really not tossing anything to the wayside."

With nothing on or off the table, Asher said they are welcoming all suggestions and are thrilled the board is bringing the race closer to the fans.

Asher said whatever they do decide, it has to work for the 1,400 horses who live at Churchill Downs and people nearby.

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