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UPDATE: Racino plan raises competition fears

Area venues hope not to fight over acts

As Saratoga Casino and Raceway approaches it's 10th year of operation, expansion plans are officially underway with a ground break in January of 2014. The $30 million plan unveiled on Tuesday at Vapors Night Club, includes a 120 room hotel with guest spa, indoor pool and lobby bar, a 24,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose event center and a signature fine dining restaurant.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
As Saratoga Casino and Raceway approaches it's 10th year of operation, expansion plans are officially underway with a ground break in January of 2014. The $30 million plan unveiled on Tuesday at Vapors Night Club, includes a 120 room hotel with guest spa, indoor pool and lobby bar, a 24,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose event center and a signature fine dining restaurant.
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With official word that the Saratoga Casino and Raceway plans to build a 24,000-square-foot event center, other local entertainment venues are wondering whether the competition for drawing talent just stiffened. Mid-size venues such as Proctors in Schenectady and the Palace Theatre in Albany bill themselves as the Capital Region’s premiere cultural and entertainment destinations. But they manage to keep competition light and infrequent by catering to different audiences. “We try not to compete against each ...


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WAYNE4240
May 29, 2013
9:21 a.m.

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WITHOUT TABLE GAMES THE 125 ROOM RACINO HOTEL IS A WASTE OF TIME. AND IF THE EXPANSION GOES THROUGH AND THEN LAKE GEORGE GETS A MEGA-CASINO DEAL THE SARATOGA RACINO WILL BE A GHOST TOWN, RENOVATION OR NOT.

gina99
May 30, 2013
7:39 a.m.

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Lake George cannot get a casino with Cuomo's new deal with the Oneida's. The Racino is packed now gaming will add to the allure. Here's the difference between the Racino and Proctor's the Racino pays property taxes. It's not masquerading as an educational venue to avoid paying it's fair share.

justapto
May 30, 2013
4:31 p.m.

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everybody needs to get together on this. We are 'the capital region' and need to market it as such. Designated buses to and from down town Saratoga with no hotel on the casino grounds. Transportation to and from Albany and Schenectady when those towns have events. 3Otherwise, this will be a fiasco and resemble Atlantic City.
All the players will have something to lose!
Saratoga will be an island in a sea of dead towns.

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