The Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission has approved Fonner Park’s plans for a temporary casino in the concourse of Fonner Park racetrack while the permeant Grand Island Casino is being built.
The temporary venue will offer 300 slot machines, kiosks for horse betting, simulcasting, a small area with a snack bar, and Elite Casino’s Resort Club. Table games including blackjack, craps and roulette will be added in 2023.
Vince Fiala, General Manager for Grand Island Casino Resort, said: “It’s great to have the Commission’s approval to get started on the temporary casino adding a great gaming experience to Grand Island. We look forward to being a part of the racing and gaming industry of Nebraska.”
Chris Kotulak, CEO of Fonner Park, added: “I am delighted that the Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the temporary casino construction plans. This is a big win for Nebraska Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred horsemen and the Nebraska Agriculture industry. Revenue from casino operations can benefit Nebraskans in so many ways and we are now one stride closer to that reality.”
The permeant casino will include a 37,000 sqft casino game floor with 650 slot machines and 20 table games, a sports book, four restaurants inclusive a rooftop dining experience, a show lounge and sports bar, a 116 room boutique hotel, a salon and spa, gift shop, and indoor and outdoor pool with an expansive deck, and a 400 stall parking garage. The project will provide a seamless connection to the existing grand stand at the horse track while also providing great views to the state fair grounds on the west and the horse races on the east, becoming an entertainment hub to all elements of Fonner Park.