Rupp Arena hosted 33 public ticketed, non UK Basketball events in an 8-month window, with 313,000 tickets sold even during renovations.
Set in the Bourbon Capital of the World®, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be back for its 29th year in 2020. Bourbon is booming in the commonwealth.
Growing soccer city Louisville will be home to a new National Women’s Soccer League team in 2021, called Proof Louisville FC.
Churchill Downs begins work next month on a $300 million project that includes a hotel, racing machines, new seating and a Millionaires Row renovation.
Demand for Kentucky made bourbon continues to grow, setting records every year. More than 2.1 million barrels of spirits were produced in the Bluegrass State in 2018. The last time Kentucky distillers filled that many barrels was 1967.
A destination resort may be on its way to roughly 900 acres of Eastern Kentucky’s most popular attractions.Red River Economic Development, a nonprofit group in the charitable arm of the state’s chamber of commerce, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, is seeking to create a master plan for a resort in the Red River Gorge region.
$5 million+ in improvements are planned for Carter Caves and Greenbo Lake state resort park as part of the part of the “Restoring the Finest” initiative.
Plans include replacing the current grandstand with a $150 million racing and gambling facility. “Our team is poised to restore Turfway to its former glory,” said Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery.
The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet issued a request for proposals to find a partner to design, build, operate, finance and maintain an amateur sports complex at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville.
Total tourism spending tops $1.3 billion in Louisville with the top two expenditures being lodging (39%) and food/beverage at restaurants (25%).