As Monmouth Park prepares to
usher in its 69th season of racing on Saturday, May 10, there’s
certainly plenty of “new” being added to the grand dame of the Jersey Shore.
Foremost among the new is a concert arena, to be located
adjacent to the picnic area, with ground-breaking set to commence this summer. This 7,500-seat venue is slated for an
opening in 2015.
“It’s just yet another crowd-pleasing entertainment
destination to complement the racetrack,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the
New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development LLC,
operators of Monmouth
Park. “We are continuing with a grand plan to make
Monmouth Park Racetrack a multi-faceted entertainment destination. This concert arena, coupled with plans for a
new restaurant, is another step toward our long-term goals.”
While ground-breaking for the new restaurant, located
between the mini-golf course and the new concert venue, is set to begin in a
matter of weeks, the doors for the new William Hill Race & Sports Bar are
set to swing open this Saturday. Located
on the first floor of the Grandstand, this state-of-the-art room features over
100 flat screen HD televisions, a 40-foot granite top bar as well as contest
kiosks, where fans can make free sports plays for prizes.
“When sports wagering comes to New Jersey, we will be ready on day one,”
Drazin said. “We’re proud to have
partnered with one of the world’s leaders in sports betting and look forward to
a long partnership that proves beneficial to both of us, and more importantly
to the horsemen and people of New
Also new for the 2014 season is the Frozen Furlong drink
stand in the picnic area and a Tex-Mex concession stand near the paddock. The Frozen Furlong will feature beverages for
adults and children and will be host to the $5 daily lunch special.
And high-above all these new ground-level features will
be Travis Stone, who takes the helm in the announcer’s booth on opening
day. Stone, currently the announcer at
Louisiana Downs, replaces Triple Crown announcer Larry Collmus, who had been at
Monmouth the past 20 seasons.
And while all this is happening on-track, about 60 miles
up the road a new off-track betting parlor in Hillsborough is nearing
completion with an expected opening in the coming months.
Add to all this trainer and starter bonuses, 50-cent
trifectas, a new Daktronics video board on Route 36 and Oceanport Avenue and an enhanced
marketing and promotion calendar.
“We believe this is just the tip of the iceberg,” Drazin
said. “With the likelihood of exchange
wagering coming this summer and other new revenue streams that we continue to
bring to Oceanport, we are confident in a strong and secure future for Monmouth Park.”
Park’s 2014 meet runs
from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, September 28.