Meadows to Close

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino will close its New Castle off-track betting facility Nov. 30.

The decision to close the West State Street site was made as a result of declining business, which has accelerated after the Sept. 17 opening of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio. That facility is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, a partner of Philadelphia-based Endeka Entertainment, which is proposing a multi-million-dollar racetrack/casino in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County.

Live thoroughbred racing will begin at the Austintown track Nov. 24.

Meadows employees were notified earlier this week of the decision to close the Union Township facility.

According to a statement issued Friday, The Meadows will work closely with its long-term employees to identify employment opportunities at its other locations, or provide some form of severance.

The facility premiered as the first off-track betting location in Pennsylvania in 1990.

Kevin Decker, director of racing for The Meadows, said the Washington-based racetrack/casino has “witnessed how the region is currently suffering from a saturation of horse racing, gaming and other entertainment venues.”

However, he said, The Meadows remains committed to the horse racing business.

It offers live racing more than 200 days a year at its Washington, Pa., track. The company also owns and operates an off-track betting facility in Harmar, Pa.

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