"Today is more than the start of another harness racing season - it is the beginning of a bright future for the Massachusetts equine industry," said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National. "With the opening of Plainridge Park Casino in little over a year, harness racing is here to stay and thrive in the Commonwealth. That's good news for our current employees, the hundreds more that will soon be joining them, and the thousands of families throughout Massachusetts whose livelihoods depend on the industry. We are very proud and excited to be here today and are thankful to the community and the Commonwealth."
Plainridge Racecourse employees, horsemen, and local community officials will be in attendance for a brief ceremony and remarks to commemorate the day. Penn National held a groundbreaking ceremony for Plainridge Park Casino on March 14, 2014. Construction of the gaming facility will occur concurrently with the live racing season. The company expects minimal impact on the live racing season that takes place on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year.
About Plainridge Park Casino
Plainridge Park Casino will include a fully integrated 106,000 square foot racing and gaming facility featuring live harness racing and simulcasting with 1,250 slot machines, an upscale casual dining restaurant, the first-ever Doug Flutie Sports Bar, four-venue food court, harness concourse bar, multi-purpose banquet room, entertainment lounge and casino bar, 1,620 structured and surface parking spaces, 26,000 square foot grandstand with box and reserved seats, and 13,000 square foot clubhouse with box seats.
About Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-seven facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities feature approximately 31,000 gaming machines, 800 table games and 2,900 hotel rooms.From Penn National Gaming Publicity Department