Meadows Plans $450 Million Expansion - Saturday 13th of May 2006

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune: "Daily attendance at The Meadows harness-racing track could grow 10 times larger after its prospective buyers add 3,000 slot machines and build a 250,000-square-foot entertainment complex, backers said Wednesday.

"Visitors to the Washington County racino a race track with a casino could top 4,200 people a day by 2010, said Bill Paulos, partner in Las Vegas-based Millennium Gaming, which plans to buy the facility. That's up from an average of 355 people now.

"Visitors walking into the permanent grandstand and casino would see the track behind banks of slots machines, according to plans presented yesterday to the state Gaming Control Board.

"The $450 million building would include tiered buffet dining for 700 people overlooking the track, a wine bar, steak house, theater and conference center. From one spot in the casino, players could overlook a new paddock where horses would be groomed for racing.

"Planners expect to break ground next month on a temporary casino that could open with slots on New Year's Eve. It would sit in The Meadows parking lot and have 1,500 slot machines…"

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