Penn National Gaming files for Ohio VLT licenses
2 Jul 2012
“Filing for VLT licenses and formally requesting that the Racing Commission approve our relocation plans is another major step forward for these two significant economic development projects”
Penn National previously announced its intention, conditioned on state approval, to relocate Beulah Park in Columbus to Austintown and Raceway Park in Toledo to Dayton, and to construct new $125 million racetrack and video lottery terminal (VLT) facilities at the new locations (consistent with applicable law).
“Filing for VLT licenses and formally requesting that the Racing Commission approve our relocation plans is another major step forward for these two significant economic development projects,” said Tim Wilmott, President and COO of Penn National Gaming. “We are hopeful we can receive state approval in a timely manner, allowing us to break ground this fall on the new facilities in the Mahoning Valley and in Dayton.”
Under terms of a memorandum of understanding with the office of Ohio Governor John Kasich, Penn National has agreed to pay, over time, a $75 million relocation fee for each racetrack, in addition to the $50 million VLT license fee per track.
In addition to up to 1,500 VLTs per facility, both of the new properties will feature restaurants, bars and other amenities. Each is expected to create approximately 1,000 direct and indirect jobs, and to generate approximately 1,000 construction jobs.
Penn National has previously indicated that it will continue to operate Beulah Park in the Columbus suburb of Grove City and Raceway Park in Toledo until the expected opening date of the new facilities sometime in 2014. The Company is working cooperatively with local officials in Grove City and Toledo to determine the best possible use of the land once the racetracks cease operations.
The new Austintown facility – which will be a thoroughbred track – will be located on 184 acres in Austintown’s Centrepointe Business Park near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Ohio Route 46. It will be known as Hollywood Slots at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
The Dayton facility – a standardbred track – will be located on 125 acres on the site of an abandoned Delphi Automotive plant near Wagner Ford and Needmore roads in North Dayton. It will be called Hollywood Slots at Dayton Raceway.
Full details and design of both projects are in the development stage.
If approved, the Mahoning Valley and Dayton racinos will be the third and fourth new Penn National facilities to open in Ohio. The company opened the $320 million Hollywood Casino Toledo on May 29, and construction is near completion on the $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus, which is expected to open in the fall of this year.