Derby Lane in St. Pete gets $2.5 million renovation approved

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The board of directors for Derby Lane in St. Peterburg approved a $2.5 million renovation project that features a new poker room.

“We are excited about the new card room we will be able to offer our guests,” VP Richard Winning said. “The addition of the new room and enhancements to our current facility will allow us to grow market share.”

Winning said the card room is an integral part of the operation and that building the new room on the Derby Club ground floor would better serve the patrons with easier access to the playing areas, live racing and Derby Club amenities.

In 1997, Derby Lane opened Pinellas County’s only card room, which now operates seven days a week. Last spring, Derby Lane featured concerts for the first time. “Our current facility was built for massive crowds to enjoy the races,” Winning said. “The renovations will accommodate all of the track’s venues and streamline daily operations.”

Derby Lane is hopeful the project will be done by year’s end.