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Flurry of activity as Hoosier Park prepares to open April 5

March 25, 2008

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Much activity is underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as construction continues to be on schedule for an early June opening of the new, permanent Las Vegas-style casino, and as live harness racing returns April 5. Conveniently located just 20 minutes north of Indianapolis off Interstate 69, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will begin its 15th season as a complete entertainment experience, featuring both state-of-the-art gaming and competitive live horse racing, along with expanded dining options and headline entertainment.  

Significant progress has been made since the October groundbreaking for the Hoosier Park Casino. The existing grandstand has been renovated with fresh new looks and offerings. From the grandstand, the casino is a short escalator ride away, where patrons will find a vibrant and action-packed atmosphere. The single-level, 92,000-square-foot casino complex features a martini bar, player’s club, high-limit area and more. Among the 2,000 high-tech slot machines, patrons will find interlinked progressives and 66 multi-player electronic video gaming machines. New dining options and entertainment offerings will be announced soon.  

Hoosier Park Casino promises to be the destination of choice for traditional casino players, as well as those horseracing aficionados who want to try their hand at a different form of gaming.

“Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will soon be one of central Indiana’s most exciting destinations,” said Jim Brown, general manager of gaming. “No longer does someone need to travel to the riverboats or traditional gaming sites such as Las Vegas or Atlantic City to experience a state-of-the-art facility and a true entertainment experience. We have it all right here in the heart of Indiana–gaming, racing, dining and world-class entertainment–all under one roof.

“Those who have been coming to Hoosier Park since we opened our track in 1994 are going to be amazed with the transformation,” said Rick Moore, general manager of racing. “We simply can’t wait to showcase this grand-scale attraction to the area, and look forward to introducing it in a big way this June to race fans and casino gamers alike.

Construction of the new facility is being led by Hagerman Construction. The significantly remodeled grandstand will be completed by April 5, which is the start of the harness racing meet. Harness racing concludes July 12, and the Thoroughbred meet runs from Aug. 29 through Nov. 23.

Other activity onsite includes completion of the many new and extensive dining options, hiring of hundreds of new employees, delivery of the slot machines commencing in mid-April–all of which are essential for the casino to open in early June. Once open, the casino will provide a complete entertainment experience to adult visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Off-track betting will continue to be available at Hoosier Park’s offsite facilities in Indianapolis, Merrillville and Fort Wayne, Ind., where guests can enjoy simulcasting onsite. (Hoosier Park) 

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