Live horse racing at Rockingham Park was last seen in 2010, but unsuccessful efforts to run a casino at the New Hampshire racetrack have finally forced the owners to place the 109-year-old fixture on the market, according to the Union Leader. Competition from nearby Massachusetts, as well as a local public that opposes casino gambling, ultimately caused the park's demise.
“Times change, and the industry has to change with it,” said general manager Ed Callahan. “If you don't have the ability to make those changes, it's time to move onto another business, apparently.”
While the track's owners would like to sell the land as one parcel, 50 acres have already been sold to local Joe Faro for a mixed-use Tuscan Village town center and a car dealership. In the past, ideas for the land on which the park sits have been an indoor ski area, entertainment center, and retail or residential development.
Read more at the Union Leader.
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