Northlands Park

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Northlands Park
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°33′58″N 113°27′30″W / 53.56611°N 113.45833°W / 53.56611; -113.45833Coordinates: 53°33′58″N 113°27′30″W / 53.56611°N 113.45833°W / 53.56611; -113.45833
Owned by Northlands
Date opened 1900
Race type Thoroughbred, Harness
Official website

Northlands Park is the "Alberta A circuit" horse racing track at Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta. The horse racing season generally consists of a spring harness (Standardbred) meet from February/March, a Thoroughbred meet from May/June to September/October and a fall harness meet to mid-December. Northlands Park (formerly Northlands Spectrum) is the building name for the grandstand. There are three dining areas on the second floor. Colours is the main dining room overlooking the race track and has a seating capacity of 700. Uplinks Theatre is the simulcast restaurant area and features 6 projection televisions and up to 26 different simulcast race broadcasts from North American tracks and Sha Tin in Hong Kong. Playbook Lounge is open limited hours and is available for private functions, sports broadcast events (27 televisions) and private parties. There are two other concessions on the second floor - Rock's and The Deli - that are open during live horse racing.

The track opened in 1900 to replace Rossdale Flats with upgrades in 1995 and 2005.[1]

The Slots at Northlands Park is the main-floor slot machine gaming room and features Las Vegas-style slot machines and VLTs and has two dining areas - the Slot Lounge and the Slot Grill.

The Paddock Theatre hosts the post position draw for the Canadian Derby, Northlands Park's largest and most prestigious annual thoroughbred race. Directly outside of the Paddock Theatre is the outdoor paddock area - featuring a barbecue concession window with beer service, paddock viewing terrace and the race commentary television broadcast room.

Northlands Park was also the corporate operating name for Edmonton Northlands. The name was adopted from the race track name in 1995 and changed to Northlands in 2006.

Future[edit]

On February 18, 2016, Northlands announced that at the end of the 2016 season, the Park would be shut down as part of its Vision 2020 renovation plan, which proposed that the site be redeveloped as outdoor festival grounds.[2] However, Northlands president Tim Reid later announced in August that these plans were subject to discussions with the city, and that "we have made it clear that our plans are not to continue racing at this site. But we've also got to listen to our stakeholders — the owners, trainers and jockeys — and be considerate of their industry." Horse Racing Alberta issued a call for bids to construct a new A-level complex in the city, which was won by Century Casinos. It is expected that Northlands Park will continue to operate until the completion of the new Century Mile facility, which will be located near Edmonton International Airport. The venue was expected to be completed in July 2018 in time to host the Canadian Derby, but has since been delayed to later in the year. The 2017 edition of the race was advertised as being the final Canadian Derby at Northlands, but with the opening of the new track delayed until spring 2019, the 2018 edition will be hosted at Northlands.[3][4][5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.edmontonplus.ca/edmonton/venues/northlands-spectrum/
  2. ^ Barnes, Dan (February 18, 2016). "Dan Barnes: Northlands isn't horsing around anymore; Vision 2020 plan is about evolution". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Century Mile horse racing track near Edmonton airport gets AGLC approval". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ "Canadian Derby thoroughbred race location still uncertain for 2018". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  5. ^ "Door not shut on horse racing at Northlands next year". Edmonton Journal. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  6. ^ "New track delayed; horse racing to stay at Northlands a little longer". Global News. May 3, 2018.

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