FAIR MEADOWS RACETRACK TO RECEIVE UPGRADE

Fair Meadows Racetrack To Receive Upgrade
By: D. Ray Tuttle The Journal Record January 15, 2015

TULSA - Fair Meadows racetrack is updating its facility, re-creating a demolished restaurant and bar plus adding office space, an Expo Square official said. It is the first renovation in 20 years, said Amanda Blair, Expo Square chief operating officer.
Work started in December, when crews with DT Demolition removed the north section of the grandstands, Blair said. The project cost $41,615.

"The demolition took down the old racing offices and what used to be Winning Colors was gutted," Blair said. Officials have budgeted $50,000 to rebuild Winnings Colors, which had been a restaurant and bar. In addition, crews will add office space for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, Blair said. That work is expected to be completed in two months. Also, Expo Square officials will oversee the updating of the simulcast facility, Blair said. The $144,000 project will include the installation of new televisions and fresh paint, among other things, Blair said.That project will be completed in time for live racing, which begins June 4. Fair Meadows collects $2 million annually from a compact with area tribes.

In exchange for the cash, Fair Meadows' management agrees not to install gaming machines. Also, the track must host at least 400 live races during June and July."We are always looking at the bottom line, so we do the best thing for the community," Blair said. "We have actually seen an increase in betting in the past year."Simply put, the renovation was needed to make the facility more attractive, Blair said."We knew we needed to step... read more

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