BUFFALO, N.Y. and LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 5, 2013) – Miami Valley Gaming,a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Incorporated, announced a $3 million commitment to Warren County’s efforts to revitalize the Warren County Fairgrounds.
“Warren County has a tremendous opportunity to transform the Fairgrounds, and Miami Valley Gaming’s partnership shows their true dedication to see this region thrive,” said Warren County Commissioner Pat South. “We look forward to creating a committee to put together a plan for the future use of the Fairgrounds.”
The donation will include a $1 million contribution in 2013 to the County to support redevelopment of the current Lebanon Raceway at the Warren County Fairgrounds. Miami Valley Gaming will provide an additional $500,000 per year for the next four years.
“Miami Valley Gaming is proud to support the County’s efforts to redevelop the raceway that is such an important part of the Warren County Fairgrounds. These facilities, only seven miles away from our new raceway, will do so much to reinforce the regional strengths of horse racing as the industry resurges in Ohio,” said Jim Simms, president and general manager of Miami Valley Gaming.
Miami Valley Gaming, located at exit 29 off I-75, will include a 5/8-mile harness racing track and an 186,000-square-foot gaming facility on the 120-acre site. In addition to the $50 million video lottery terminal (VLT) license fee, Miami Valley Gaming will invest up to $175 million in the new facility, including the cost of VLTs.
Preliminary work is under way at the site of the new gaming and racing complex. It is expected to open during the first quarter of 2014. The project will create 1,000 construction jobs and 700 permanent jobs. The majority of jobs will be full time, and residents of southwest Ohio will fill roughly 95 percent of the positions created.
For updates and employment opportunities, visit miamivalleygamingandraceway.com.
About Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment
Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment is one of the most innovative gaming and racing operators in the country, owning and/or operating several successful regional destination casinos and specializing in racing venues with added amenities such as table games, video gaming machines, poker rooms, full-service restaurants, retail shops and lodging. The company operates gaming and hospitality services at locations in New York, Illinois, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies.
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service companies. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held companies in the world with revenues exceeding $2.5 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
Delaware North Companies has operated in Ohio for more than 50 years, employing more than 3,200 Ohioans in 2011 and serving in excess of 10 million guests annually at venues across the state. Ohio is one of the company’s top three states in terms of the number of locations, revenue and taxes paid. Delaware North Companies operates all food and retail services at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and Nationwide Arena in Columbus, as well as food concessions at Progressive Field and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Delaware North Companies also manages The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in the heart of Ohio’s wine country along Lake Erie.
About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations and a poker room in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; as well as a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; CDI also owns the country's premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Luckity.com, offering fun games online for a chance to win cash prizes; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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