A Las Vegas casino company hopes to dramatically revolutionize the horse racing experience.
Full House Resorts has proposed building a $200 million resort in New Mexico featuring a grandstand that could move with the horses as they run. Design drawings portray a vehicle similar to a streetcar with the side facing the racetrack open.
The idea is the brainchild of Full House Resorts CEO Dan Lee, who recalls moving bleachers that followed rowing competitors in his days in that sport. In a similar fashion, the racetrack grandstand would clip along at the speed of the horses — in other words, about 40 miles per hour.
Instead of a traditional grandstand where viewers only see the horses up-close for short bursts, the idea is for “spectators to race side-by-side with the horses for every dramatic second of the race. By reinventing the viewing experience, we intend to open horse racing to a new generation of fans,” Lee said in a statement.
Full House is bidding for New Mexico's sixth racing license. Its proposal would need approval from the New Mexico Racing Commission. The La Posada del Liano resort near Clovis, N.M., would also include a casino, hotel, 18-hole golf course, and water park.
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