Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has invested $3 million in a new off-track wagering facility designed to attract a broader range of customers in downtown Indianapolis.
The “Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB” replaces the outdated Trackside Indianapolis facility launched by Churchill Downs Inc. when it owned Hoosier Park in the 1990s.
Hoosier Park is one of a handful of racetrack operators investing in the OTB experience at a time when bettors are being steered to wager online.
“The Winner’s Circle is a redefinition of an offtrack wagering facility,” Hoosier Park president and chief operating officer Jim Brown said. “With expanded and upgraded pub and dining opportunities, we are hoping to attract a broader range of customers and downtown business people while enhancing the experience of our existing, loyal customers.”
The facility contains a grille, a pub with 28 high-definition televisions, private dining areas, a Las Vegas-style race book, and a VIP room for bettors. The race book, officials said, has space for 160 people.
Brown said 18 million people, not including workers and residents, visit Indianapolis each year and Hoosier Park wants to capitalize on that. Hoosier Park is located in Anderson, roughly 40 minutes from downtown Indianapolis.
“The Winner’s Circle creates a beautiful front door for first exposure to Hoosier Park and to the sport of horse racing,” Brown said. “By presenting a beautiful facility with great food, a state-of-the-art pub, and a great race wagering lounge, it will make a visit to Hoosier Park even more appealing to those potential customers. And it gives our existing customers another Hoosier Park facility to visit when they are in downtown Indy.”
Hoosier Park operates two other OTB facilities in Indiana in Fort Wayne and Merrillville. The Indianapolis facility will be used as a model for potential upgrades at the other OTBs, company officials said.