SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new, three-story building will open at Saratoga Race Course during the summer of 2019.
The New York Racing Association on Monday received approval from the state Franchise Oversight Board to build the structure at the site of the current "At the Rail" tent.
The building will replace the seasonal tent and the trailers located next to the end of the clubhouse. The 36,000-square foot, air-conditioned building will offer track and society fans three floors of usable space. A kitchen will be located in the basement.
The racing association plans to break ground for the project in September at the conclusion of the upcoming summer meet. It will be ready for opening day in July 2019.
Officials said the building will be "historically consistent" with architecture already in place at the race course grandstand and clubhouse.
The race course complex has received several improvements in past years, such as the restoration of copper roofing that borders slate-covered roof on building properties; upgrades to the paddock mutuel building; and an archway over the clubhouse escalator.
NYRA officials say the association has invested more than $30 million in Saratoga since 2013.
This year, "The Stretch" will become the track's newest gathering spot. Located in the grandstand at the top of the stretch, boxes will be available in multiple configurations. A dining tier, reserved bar and about 200 reserved seats also will be available for racing fans.
This year's 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes races worth $18.8 million in purses, begins Friday, July 20 and runs through Labor Day.