Delaware North and Saratoga Casino & Raceway-funded project part of 20-year commitment
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y (March 9, 2011)More than $1 million in guest room renovations has begun at Gideon Putnam Resort, which is operated by Delaware North Companies through its Parks & Resorts division.
Delaware North and Saratoga Casino & Raceway in 2008 committed to spending $19.7 million on capital improvements to the resort in Saratoga Spa State Park as part of a 20-year contract with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
Including the current investment of $1.2 million, the venture is now in excess of $6 million. The cap for phase one – which spans five years and is now in year four – is $6.6 million. 
This year’s improvements, which are expected to be complete by the end of April, include new beds, chairs, desks, dressers, refrigerators, carpeting and flat-screen televisions in every guest room. In addition, the hotel’s 18 suites will be fitted with pull-out sofa beds. 
The current project complements 2009’s effort, when window blinds, duvet covers, sheets and blankets were replaced in guest rooms, along with the bathrooms being fully remodeled.
Putnam’s, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, also received a full makeover in 2009.
Other completed renovations to the hotel include updates to the lobby, gift shop, fitness center, business center and the historic Roosevelt Baths and Spa – which now boasts an updated lobby and relaxation room.
“Our commitment to ensuring Gideon Putnam Resort remains a world-class destination is ongoing,” said Tom Wysocki, the resort’s director of sales and marketing for Delaware North. “This year’s undertaking is all about maximizing comfort for our guests.”

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; The Queen Mary in Long Beach; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. 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 privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 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. 

About Saratoga Casino & Racing
Just minutes from the Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Casino and Raceway® offers world-class horse racing and fantastic Saratoga gaming at one of the country's most beautiful raceways.

Opened in 1941, Saratoga Casino and Raceway® was the third racetrack ever to have pari-mutuel wagering. This beautiful facility now boasts more than 1,700 video gaming machines, thoroughbred and harness racing simulcast, Vapor Nightclub, and a multitude of dining options. Live racing is conducted at Saratoga Raceway from February through mid-December.

To complement the live racing schedule at Saratoga Casino and Raceway®, a state-of-the-art thoroughbred and harness racing simulcast facility is available to patrons.



Glen White
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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