Located in downtown Louisville
adjacent to the Ohio River waterfront,
the multipurpose KFC Yum! Center is
a 721,762-square-foot arena complex
that offers a seating capacity of 22,090
and additional flexible spaces for
groups of 20 to 500-plus. Since opening in 2010, KFC Yum! Center has
hosted a number of concerts featuring
top recording artists as well as
high-profile sporting events.
Also downtown is the Muhammad Ali Center, a cultural and educational facility inspired by the
ideals of its visionary founder. The
entire center can hold up to 1,200
people and includes galleries featuring the art of Howard L. Bingham
and LeRoy Neiman, an auditorium,
classrooms, a retail store, cafe and
Just a few blocks away, the Louis-
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ville Slugger Museum & Factory has
been a Louisville mainstay since
1884, when 17-year-old Bud Hillerich
crafted the company’s first bat for a
local baseball player. Now groups
can tour the facility—or head out to
Louisville Slugger Field, home to the
Triple-A Louisville Bats.
The history of Churchill Downs
dates even further back than that of
the Louisville Slugger, with thoroughbred racing a continuous presence at
the track since 1875. Home to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks,
the racetrack has also hosted the
Breeders’ Cup World Championships
eight times. In 2018, the 35th Breeders’
Cup World Championships will
return to Churchill Downs.
Over its long history, the track has
completed several massive renovation projects—in part to accommodate the more than 165,000 guests
that arrive each year on Kentucky
Derby Day. These include the construction of private luxury suites, the
installation of permanent lights and
the building of The Big Board, touted
as the world’s largest 4K video
screen. Adjacent to the racetrack, the
Kentucky Derby Museum, which
underwent a $5.5 million renovation
1. The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon
celebrates the city’s signature beverage.
2. Visitors can tour the factory where the
Louisville Slugger was first crafted in 1884.
3. USA Cycling’s Amateur Road Nationals
Championships were held June 29–July 2.
4. The 120-foot Big Bat is an iconic symbol of
the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
5. Ironman® Louisville concludes at Fourth
Street Live! in downtown Louisville.
Photos courtesy of the Louisville CVB and
Louisville Sports Commission