Crowds Brave Cold for Miami Valley Gaming Opening

by | 12.12.2013 | 5:36pm

Miami Valley Gaming, a joint venture of gaming and hospitality leader Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment and legendary Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), officially opened its doors today to thousands of residents from the Dayton and Cincinnati regions of southwest Ohio.

Despite frigid morning temperatures, a large crowd of several thousand people became the first guests at Miami Valley Gaming, Ohio's newest gaming venue. The facility features 1,600 of the gaming industry's newest video lottery terminals; a racing simulcast center, broadcasting races from around the country; and a 5/8-mile harness racetrack. The racetrack, which will open in February to replace Lebanon Raceway, will accommodate more than 1,000 harness-racing fans in an indoor grandstand.

“The local community has been continually supportive of Miami Valley Gaming, and we're pleased we can finally welcome guests to this new, regional entertainment destination,” said Jim Simms, president and general manager of Miami Valley Gaming, who was joined today by CDI and Delaware North executives and state and local government officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We hope that our comfortable restaurants, bars, gaming and racing and entertainment options will keep guests coming back. It is a great accomplishment to open our doors, and we hope that Miami Valley Gaming will only increase the region's status as Ohio's Largest Playground,” Simms said.

Just off of I-75 at Exit 29, Miami Valley Gaming is located about midway between Dayton and Cincinnati.

“The opening of Miami Valley Gaming is a truly exciting moment for Delaware North Companies and Churchill Downs Incorporated, partners in bringing a world-class gaming, racing and entertainment complex to Southwest Ohio,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment. “We are confident that people in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas and communities in between will discover this convenient, elegant and comfortable destination and all it has to offer.”

“The collaboration between the Delaware North and Churchill Downs design teams produced a stunning facility that all of Ohio can be proud of,” said Austin Miller, CDI's senior vice president of gaming operations. “We are not only adding another great entertainment destination to southwest Ohio, but also with it, new tax revenues and jobs to the region. The Miami Valley Gaming facility was designed with service, fun and entertainment in mind. We built all of the latest technology and gaming machines into this great facility, and the excitement will continue when we open the grandstand and track to Ohio's harness-horse racing community and fans in a few months. We invite all Ohioans to come out and enjoy the property and all of its amenities.”

Hansberry and Miller thanked everyone involved in making the new venue possible, including the Ohio State Racing Commission, Ohio Lottery Commission and Warren County, plus the hundreds of construction workers and many local firms that helped Delaware North and CDI construct Miami Valley Gaming in less than a year. They also praised the Miami Valley Gaming staff that has been assembled to operate the new venue.

Miami Valley Gaming boasts four new dining options for the region: CinCity, a 1940s-cool steak and seafood restaurant with upscale service but a high-level casual feel; Acres Seasonal Buffet, featuring a wide array of prepared cuisine and action stations focused on serving dishes using fresh, Ohio-grown produce; Trifecta, three fast-casual eateries in one where guests can savor brick-oven pizzas, famous Cincinnati and other chili, and specialty burgers; and MV Perks, a coffee shop also offering pastries, shakes and smoothies.

Miami Valley Gaming also offers two tavern options: 1803 Bar and Center Bar. Paying homage to the year Ohio became the 17th state, the 1803 Bar features both traditional and dining seating and a game of Ohio-specific trivia. Center Bar is a highlight of the gaming floor area, featuring full-service cocktails, spirits, wines and craft brews and other beers.

The facility is expected to generate at least $24 million per year for local communities and provide more than 500 jobs in the region.

  • Kris

    For the life of me I do not understand the lure of slots. What is so darned fun about feeding money into a machine that is legally allowed to favor the house? I understand the attraction to card games, even though I don’t play myself, but slots are beyond boring.

    • guest

      Kris, We have dumbed down society so much that the game of choice has now become the mindless slots.

      • Richard C

        In this faster food nation, slots fit the bill; it’s easier and cleaner than scraping a penny over a lottery card — funny, though, that most folks had better odds to hit a winner when the mob ran the number’s game in neighborhoods.

        • Mimi Hunter

          I thought they still did.

    • SteveG

      Not to put too fine a point on it, but there’s very little difference in brain activity between a lab rat repeatedly pushing a lever to be intermittently rewarded with a pellet of food and a slot player in action. :)

      • David

        Agreed but do feel it has a place within (an albeit broad)
        “entertainment” category. Problem is
        unlike a concert, round of golf, once-a-month poker game we’re talking the kind
        of frequency (by some) that certifies it as regressive. People – good people – enjoy an occasional
        diversion, are gainfully employed and such but the intoxicating nature of this
        product seems to inflate the price of positive its attributes. What makes this example (and others like it)
        especially troubling is the sideshow-like role racing plays as gateway; a 1,000
        seat Clubhouse?

      • Kris

        I could not have stated that any better. Thank you for the laugh. :)

    • Bob C

      Agreed. Not to mention the annoying noises these one-armed or one-buttoned bandits make. Might as well take your money and flush it down the toilet.

  • Kris

    It woud seem we are all in agreement. I like my chances of winning at the track far, far better than playing the slots.

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