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Ohio commission: track needs more seating
March 12, 2013
Penn National Gaming presented its plans for the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway, which is the Raceway Park license relocated on the north side of Dayton, at a meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) on Tuesday morning. But Penn National's representatives were told they need to return for another meeting with the commission next Wednesday.
"I have concerns about seating capacity; I find what you have presented as inadequate,” said commission chairman Robert Schmitz. "Come back with revised plans to expand seating for live racing, so people can watch live racing. I'm not interested in barstools.”
Penn National's plan for the facility includes a five-eighths mile track, 120 stalls for ship-in purposes only, and seating for 770 fans, with a capacity of up to 1,000. Total capacity for the building would be 3,500. The racino will be located on 125 acres on the site of an abandoned Delphi Automotive plant near Wagner Ford and Needmore roads in Dayton
Other commissioners also stated the same concerns as Schmitz about seating for the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway.
"To build a racetrack and have only a couple hundred able to watch a race, that's stunning to me,” said commissioner Mark Munroe.
Penn National also presented its plans for the relocation of Beulah Park in Columbus to Austintown, near Youngstown, at the commission meeting, which was attended by nearly 100 people. Penn National's plans for the Thoroughbred facility calls for 400-plus stalls.
The Wednesday, March 20, meeting will also include a review by the commission of the Miami Valley track plans in south Dayton, which is the relocation of Lebanon Raceway.
--By Gordon Waterstone/harnessracing.com