Ohio Racing Commission has questions on Austintown racino

COLUMBUS — State racing officials voiced concern today about seating arrangements and stable space at a planned “racino" in Austintown, telling representatives of Penn National Gaming that neither area is large enough to accommodate spectators and racers.

“We are thrilled to see a development like this come to the [Mahoning] Valley,” said racing Commissioner Mark Munroe, a Mahoning County resident and chairman of the county’s Republican Party and the county elections board. “It’s well-needed, but at the same time, there’s still a certain degree of disbelief that someone would spend $250 million... to build a racetrack and only a couple of hundred people can actually sit down and watch a live race.”

The comment came during a state racing commission meeting today near the Statehouse, where Penn offered a snapshot of its plans to relocate tracks to Austintown and Dayton from Columbus and Toledo, respectively. The company must obtain commissioners’ approval for the moves.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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