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.
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