A few tosses of dirt from golden shovels and Dayton's future is set as a gambler's destination. The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hollywood at Dayton Raceway too place Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
Community leaders joined Penn National Gaming to formally begin construction of the $125 million endeavor. Hollywood at Dayton Raceway will feature a 5/8 mile racetrack for harness racing.
Don't worry about the heat. Fans will sit inside a climate-controlled grandstand with a state-of-the-art simulcast waging theater. Video lottery terminals will also welcome players with all the bells and whistles.
Dayton's racino is one of several entering the region. Racinos are under construction near Monroe and upgrades will happen at the Lebanon Raceway. A casino opened in Cincinnati in March following openings in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.
As for the economic impact of the establishments, Dayton received $742,000 in the first quarter from casino revenues from Ohio's four casinos. Ohio casinos have generated more than $550 million since voters approved casino gambling in 2009. About $130 million went to Ohio schools, counties and cities.
The raceway is expected to generate 1,000 jobs during construction and up to 1,000 jobs once it opens.
The Hollywood at Dayton Raceway is scheduled to open in mid 2014. It is located at 4701 Wagner Ford Road just south of Needmore Road.
by Jill DURY (reprinted with permission WDTN TV2)