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Fair Grounds to Offer Voodoo Parking and Shuttle Service

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Music fans headed to the Voodoo Experience in City Park Oct. 29-31 now have the option of parking at nearby Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The secure, well-lit parking lot at Fair Grounds will be open to concertgoers all three days of Voodoo and a steady flow of shuttles will be available for transport to and from the festival entrance.

The main Fair Grounds entrance is at 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, conveniently located off I-610 near the St. Bernard exit. Follow St. Bernard Avenue to Gentilly Boulevard and use the first Fair Grounds entrance at Aubry Street (the first gate after Belfort Avenue) for easiest access to parking. Parking will be accessible through any Fair Grounds entrance, including those on Gentilly and off Mystery Street and Esplanade Avenue.

“We are partnering with the leadership of Voodoo to provide a convenient, safe parking alternative to the many patrons that will frequent the festival, while hoping to alleviate impact of parking and traffic in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Fair Grounds President Tim Bryant.

Voodoo Parking at Fair Grounds will be available daily from 10 a.m. to midnight and the shuttle will operate the same hours. Parking will cost $15 per car and the optional shuttle will be $5 per person for a round-trip ticket. A portion of the proceeds from Voodoo parking at Fair Grounds will go toward the purchase of a New Orleans Police Department cruiser dedicated to the 24-hour patrol of surrounding neighborhoods.

Both parking and shuttle rides will be cash only. For those that want to skip the shuttle, City Park is a short five-minute walk from Fair Grounds’ back gate at Mystery Street.

About Voodoo Experience
Set in historic City Park, amidst lush lagoons, bayous and one of the largest collections of mature oak trees in the world – all in the shadow of the New Orleans Museum of Art and just minutes from the French Quarter and Central Business District – this festive New Orleans celebration is steeped in the city’s culture and influences. Throughout its consecutive 11-year run, the Voodoo Experience has brought together a collection of talent that has bridged the social, economic and generational gaps by creating a unique event with a commitment to every genre of music while at the same time celebrating the sounds of the region. Every year, the wide-ranging line-up of talent reflects the multitude of cultures that define this historic and beloved American city. Since its 1999 debut, more than 1,200 performers – ranging from Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, KISS, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Green Day, Tiesto, Nine Inch Nails and Tool to a variety of New Orleans artists including Dr. John, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Original Funky Meters and Irma Thomas – have come to New Orleans to worship the music at the annual event.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds will host Quarter Horse racing’s championship night, the Bank of America Challenge Championships, Nov. 19. The 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season will run Nov. 25, 2010-March 27, 2011, highlighted by the 98th Grade II Louisiana Derby on March 26. Information about Fair Grounds can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.