Harness racers Joseph DiStephano, Stephen Quinn, and Edward Blash guide their pacers around a curve of the oval track at the Plainridge Racecourse.
Track officials are banking heavily on acquiring the only slot machine license to be issued by the state. They say the survival of current live harness racing and current ongoing simulcasting is at stake. Next
The track’s owners posted a nonrefundable $400,000 application fee, as did its three competitors for the slots-only license, for the single Category 2 gambling license to be awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, hoping to add 1,250 slot machines to the track and simulcasting operation that they say has operated in the red since opening in 1999. Next
Harness racers cross the finish line in front of the grandstand Monday, April 19, 1999 on the first day of racing at Plainridge Race Course . The $14-million track is now the last harness track operating in southern New England.
Plainridge has 50,000-square-foot grandstand with theater, private rooms, and snack bar; seating for 3,500; a 5/8-mile oval racetrack; Three barns, stalls for 300 horses; arking lot for 1,500 vehicles. It’s gross revenue for 2012 was $45 million. Next
This is the latest architectural rendering of Plainridge's racino plans.
With the slots licence the racetrack would have— Renovated grandstand would have new banquet facilities and sports bar; 73,000-square-foot addition with gaming floor for 1,250 slot machines food court, restaurant, central bar; a 1,080-space parking garage; and a projected gross revenue of $200 million. Next
But without the slot machines and the $200 million in revenue they are expected to generate yearly, Plainridge will close, said Alfred Ross, one of the track’s investors. Back to the beginning
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