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    Scioto Downs’ red ink spreads with MTR’s wider 3Q loss

    Business First by Rick Rouan, Web coordinator

    Date: Friday, November 4, 2011

    MTR Gaming Group Inc. has set aside $130 million for construction at Scioto Downs as it prepares to apply for a license to operate video lottery terminals at the horse racetrack, the company said in its third-quarter earnings report Friday.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2011/11/04/scioto-downs-red-ink-spreads-with.html



    Scioto Downs seeks annexation to Columbus

    By Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Wednesday November 9, 2011 8:49 AM

    As they plan a $150 million expansion into slot-machine gambling, the owners of Scioto Downs want to annex their 208-acre harness-racing facility into Columbus.

    MTR Gaming Group Inc., the West Virginia company that owns Scioto Downs, has filed papers with Franklin County to redraw the boundaries to move its property from Hamilton Township to the city.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/09/scioto-downs-wants-to-join-columbus.html



    County OKs Columbus’ annexation of Scioto Downs
    By Lucas Sullivan
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Wednesday December 7, 2011 4:36 AM

    Franklin County has approved the annexation of Scioto Downs to Columbus, which is needed for a $150 million expansion plan that would add video slot machines to the 208-acre horse-racing track.

    Commissioners Marilyn Brown and John O’Grady said the annexation will help MTR Gaming Group Inc., owner of the harness-racing track, create a few hundred jobs by adding the slot machines. Commissioner Paula Brooks was in China and did not attend the meeting.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/12/07/county-oks-columbus-annexation-of-scioto-downs.html



    I drove down S High St yesterday and noticed that Scioto Downs had major foundations poured and a large crane was off loading steel beams and roof girders. I had heard they would build a Casino with the highest amount of slot machines in Ohio, but, I wasn’t sure if everything was approved yet. This looks like a HUGE project, does anyone have any information about this.



    Scioto Downs owner seeks slots
    By Jim Siegel
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Thursday December 22, 2011 8:51 AM

    MTR Gaming Group officially submitted its application this week with the Ohio Lottery Commission for a license to operate electronic slot machines at Scioto Downs. The application came, the West Virginia-based company said, after reviewing the state attorney general’s office response to a lawsuit challenging the installation of up to 2,500 slot machines at each of Ohio’s seven racetracks. In a news release, the company said it is “very comfortable continuing the process.”

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/12/22/scioto-downs-owner-seeks-slots.html



    Scioto Downs gets go-ahead to install slot machines
    By David Eggert
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:40 PM

    MTR Gaming Group today received a temporary state license to proceed with plans to operate lottery-run electronic slot machines at Scioto Downs. The West Virginia-based company, which owns the harness racetrack in Hamilton Township, said it will continue construction of the slots facility that started in December.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/01/25/scioto-downs-gets-go-ahead-to-install-slots.html



    Scioto Downs annexed to Columbus as slots facility nears completion
    Business First
    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 10:28am EST

    The annexation of Scioto Downs into the city of Columbus cleared its final hurdle Monday when Columbus City Council approved the action. The complex, previously part of Hamilton Township in southern Franklin County, now can receive Columbus water and sewer services. Scioto Downs’ Chester, W.Va.-based parent company, MTR Gaming Group Inc. , is investing at least $150 million in a project that will add a video lottery terminal building that is separate from its grandstand to the complex.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/02/28/scioto-downs-annexed-to-columbus-as.html



    I’m not a gambling person, but I’ve been down to Scioto Downs in the early 90s and was back there 2 years ago with my dad…totally different place. Back in the early 90s that place was packed to the brim. We went back 2 years ago on a Saturday night…maybe 40 people in the entire place betting on super cheap trifectas(which isn’t all bad). We actually walked out with more money in our pockets than when we started, but it was pretty sad to see what it had become. The grandstand in an of itself needs a lot of work and it needs addressed. I’m guessing it’s from the 50s and the concrete is all buckling along the roofline as the rie-bar is rusting out and cracking all the concrete. It was in some decent disrepair.

    I think they could do well in the Columbus area, especially when I think to how they were in the early 90s. Being on the outside of Columbus, especially on the southside kind of hurts them as it’s so far out of the way to get down there(by Columbus standards), but it’s pretty simple and straightforward to get there. Hopefully they get the place back up and running and better than ever.



    Overall interest in horse racing is down, so it’s tough to keep up the buildings when sales are declining. The place was built at a time when the big spectator sports were boxing, baseball and horse racing. Boxing was still big in the early ’90s, and horse racing wasn’t basically a cult phenomenon limited to the commonwealth of Kentucky, England, (our) Delaware and parts of Maryland, upstate New York and California like it is now.



    Scioto Downs Will Open Adjacent Casino
    By: TED HART | NBC4i.com
    Published: March 19, 2012

    The jobs are posted on the Scioto Downs website. (www.sciotodowns.com) The race track is hiring hundreds of employees for its new casino which is scheduled to open sometime within the next three months. The new 130,000 square foot facility will house 2,100 video lottery terminals, a restaurant and a sports bar.

    READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/mar/19/3/scioto-downs-will-open-adjacent-casino-ar-971028/



    Scioto Downs Hiring 800 New Employees
    By: TED HART | NBC4i.com
    Published: April 09, 2012

    Look beyond the sawdust and the hydraulic scaffolds and you can begin to imagine the rows and rows of video slot machines, a 300 seat buffet, a restaurant and bar. The hundreds of construction workers at the new Scioto Downs video slot machine facility will be replaced by hundreds of casino-type workers like bartenders, servers, housekeepers, valets.

    READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/apr/09/6/scioto-downs-hiring-800-new-employees-ar-994167/



    Scioto Downs racing toward casino opening
    By Dan Gearino
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Sunday April 22, 2012 9:23 AM

    The project that could be called central Ohio’s “other casino” is speeding toward a June opening, although a legal challenge remains. Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack on the South Side is now a construction zone as workers build a wing that will hold about 2,100 video-lottery terminals and a buffet, restaurant and bar.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/04/22/scioto-downs-racing-toward-casino-opening.html




    Scioto Downs video lottery terminal opening in June
    Business First
    Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:10am EDT

    MTR Gaming Group Inc. plans to open its $125 million video lottery terminal building at Scioto Downs in June. The Chester, W.Va.-based company said in its first quarter earnings release that the facility’s “anticipated opening” is coming next month. Construction began in December, and MTR said in March that it would be complete during the second quarter.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/05/09/scioto-downs-video-lottery-terminal.html



    Scioto Downs: The other casino in town
    Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:05 pm
    BY MELISSA DILLEY | 0 comments

    What can gambling do for Columbus (or to Columbus, depending on who’s asking)? That’s been the question on many minds since Ohio voters approved casinos in 2009. Since then, the arguments have been many. It’s either going to be the spark that fires a much-needed development boom, or an anchor around civility’s neck, leading to broken dreams, lost nest eggs, social parasites and degradation.

    READ MORE: http://www.theotherpaper.com/news/article_56cffc88-9ac2-11e1-a1c1-0019bb2963f4.html

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