Churchill Downs to Host Legendary Rock Band The Rolling Stones in Concert Friday, Sept. 29

Churchill Downs, home of America’s premier horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has been added to the list of historic sports venues to host the legendary rock band, The Rolling Stones, as part of the band’s 2006 North American “A Bigger Bang” tour. The Rolling Stones will perform under Churchill Downs’ famed Twin Spires the evening of Friday, Sept. 29.

Approximately 50,000 tickets will be available for the event. Seating for the general public will be available in portions of the track’s grandstand and clubhouse areas as well as limited seating around the concert stage, which will be positioned in the infield, facing the grandstand. Concert tickets for the general public will range in price from $60 to $300 and be available for sale beginning Monday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. EDT at all TicketMaster locations, through, or by phone. Concert tickets are not available for sale through Churchill Downs.

“Churchill Downs is honored to be among the historic sports venues hosting The Rolling Stones for this extraordinary concert series,” said Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton. “This will be the first time the home of the Kentucky Derby has served as the backdrop for a musical production of this magnitude and for a band as revered and widely celebrated as The Rolling Stones. We are excited to welcome one of the world’s most legendary rock bands to the world’s most legendary racetrack for what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience on Sept. 29.”

The Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour launches Sept. 20 at Boston’s Gillette Stadium, recreating the magic of the band’s historic Fenway Park kick-off one year ago. In addition to Churchill Downs, historic sports venues that will play host to the concert series include Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.; Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash.; the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas; and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. Churchill Downs is unique among the concert venues selected in that it is the only horse track to be included in the North American tour. The Rolling Stones will perform in a number of stadiums and arenas in major cities as well as new markets, including Louisville, Ky., to give a variety of fans an opportunity to experience the band at its best. A complete list of tour dates and locations can be viewed at

“Churchill Downs is an icon in its own right,” said tour promoter Mike Evans, senior vice president of sports and entertainment for SMG. “The world-famous racetrack is the most unique venue in which The Rolling Stones will perform this season. Churchill Downs’ home city, Louisville, has proven itself a great host for major sports and entertainment events and is a welcome addition to our tour line-up.”

The U.S. dates for “A Bigger Bang” tour will be sponsored by RadioShack. The North American leg of the tour will be presented by Concert Productions International and The Next Adventure and produced by WPC Piecemeal Inc.

Tickets, $300/$160/$99/$60, go on sale Monday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. EDT at all TicketMaster locations, or charge by phone at:

Louisville, Ky.        (502) 361-3100
Lexington, Ky.       (859) 281-6644
Owensboro, Ky.    (270) 926-6661
Cincinnati, Ohio     (513) 562-4949
Dayton, Ohio         (937) 224-1137
Columbus, Ohio     (614) 431-3600
Indianapolis, Ind.    (317) 239-5151
Evansville, Ind.       (812) 423-7222

Specific details related to event logistics, including parking and media credentialing will be released at a later date.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007. The track’s 2006 Fall Meet is set for Oct. 29 through Nov. 25. Churchill Downs has served as host to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships a record five times and will host the event again on Nov. 4, 2006. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

SMG, headquartered in Philadelphia, provides facility services to 195 venues, in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and Europe, controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide, and manages more than 10 million feet of exhibition space.


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