With ThistleDown Racino up and running, owner Rock Ohio Caesars is shifting its attention to updating the racing side of the nearly 90-year-old track.
NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - ThistleDown Racino will open on April 9 at 5 PM as the latest entertainment destination in northeast Ohio.
"Whether it's for horse racing, whether it's for dining, whether it's for the VLT'S," said General Manager Rick Skinner, "I think we're going to have a little something for everyone."
The $88 million renovation is now complete on the 128-acre horse racing complex that's been a fixture in North Randall for 90 years.
Live and simulcast wagering will continue as before on the horse races run on its one-mile oval track from April to November. Added to the entertainment venue is a new 57,000 square foot gaming space which has 1,100 video lottery terminals, or VLTs. More may be added at a later date.
The new facility will have a variety of new lounge and dining options like Center Bar, with 17 big screen TVs and Slush, a bar offering 20 flavors of slushy frozen drinks. The Diner is a retro eatery that's a throwback to the 50's. There will also be two new food courts.
A 2,400-space parking lot is available for patrons. Thistledown will also offer valet parking.
ThistleDown is owned by Rock Ohio Caesars LLC, a joint venture partnership between Rock Gaming, LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
May revenue numbers show the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland continues to lead the state, but its slots numbers slip to fourth as customers give ThistleDown Racino a strong month.
As May casino numbers are set to come out Friday, a closer look at the April figures gives a hint of the impact of the opening of ThistleDown Racino on the market.
ThistleDown Racino opens its outdoor patio, bar and gaming area where gamblers can play and smoke while watching live racing.
Final preps are underway at Thistledown Racino for the start Friday of the track's live racing season and the debut of its new outdoor bar and gaming area.
The start of the live horse racing season used to be a big deal at Thistledown, now every day's a big day as 24/7 gambling begins at the North Randall track.
Thistledown undergoes an $88 million makeover and will have restaurants, bars and live and simulcast horse racing.
ThistleDown Racino will open on April 9 as the latest entertainment destination in northeast Ohio.
One week before it opens to the public ThistleDown Racino welcomed 1,500 guests Tuesday for controlled demonstration of its new VLT operations.