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Ohio Racing Commission has questions on Austintown racino

Published: Tue, March 12, 2013 @ 2:12 p.m.

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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1theguins(169 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Hey Mark. Let Penn National determine how many seats are needed. While a couple thousand patrons are inside playing the slots the usual 100-200 spectators will be watching the horses run. Why do you think they want to relocate the Columbus and Toledo tracks? The 4,000 seat grandstands at those locations are never filled...

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