New Jersey's fifth off-track wagering facility, Favorites at Gloucester Township, will open to the public on Wednesday, July 2. Favorites at Gloucester Township Sports Bar and Off-Track Wagering, opened under a license granted to Freehold Raceway Off-Track LLC, will be managed by Penn National Gaming, Inc., co-owner of Freehold Raceway and the largest operator of pari-mutuel facilities in North America.
"It has been over a dozen years since Garden State Park left a void in the Southern New Jersey horse racing landscape. We are excited to finally bring off-track wagering to this area for the loyal racing fans in Camden County and the surrounding areas,” said Christopher McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming Inc.
Located just 15 minutes from Philadelphia and right off Route 42 on Blackwood Clementon Road, Favorites at Gloucester Township will have a total capacity for over 700 guests. Amenities include a fifty (50) seat bar surrounded by two rings of flat screen TVs; sixteen (16) self-service wagering terminals and five (5) manned teller stations; an upscale wagering area with over forty (40) individual handicapping stations; a 90 seat dining area and an outdoor patio with a bar and seating for over 50 people. In total the facility has over 130 flat screen television monitors. The menu will range from sports bar staples to nightly dining specials including many homemade items.
"We think there will be plenty of options for the regular racing fan as well as the casual customer looking for an entertaining night out,” said McErlean.
"I think Favorites will continue the revitalization of the Blackwood Clementon Road corridor and is bringing much needed jobs and economic development to our township,” said Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer. "I've been supportive of the project since Penn National approached us on their plans nearly two years ago,” Mayer added.
Favorites will open seven days a week at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and all guests must be 18 or older to enter.
The facility is anticipated to generate close to $1 million annually for purses at the state's four racetracks.
"We think it will be a winner for our guests, the region and the racing industry in the state,” said McErlean. (Penn National Gaming)(