Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Summer Concert Lineup Coming to Tioga Downs


Rock and roll, country music to entertain fans this summer

Nichols, N.Y. – March 26, 2018 – With warmer weather quickly approaching, Tioga Downs is pleased to announce its 2018 summer concert series lineup that kicks off with country star Chris Janson. Five major concerts are part of the 2018 summer schedule that begins on Thursday, May 31 and ends Sunday, September 2. The 2018 concert series is sponsored by Mirabito.

Chris Janson will perform at Tioga Downs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. Just last week, the charismatic country artist joined the ranks of the genre’s greatest musicians when he was inducted into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. The Platinum-selling performer is expected to grace the stage at Tioga Downs with his chart-topping hits Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix A Drink,” along with his current single “Drunk Girl.” Ticket prices for this concert begin at $20.

Thursday, June 28, fans will get a taste of true rock and roll courtesy of Eddie Money. The legendary rocker’s performance is expected to include his timeless and unforgettable hits “Take Me Home Tonight” “Shakin’” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” The show kicks off at 8 p.m., and is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. Tioga State Bank is proudly sponsoring this performance. Ticket prices begin at $20.
Wynonna and The Big Noise will perform a special benefit concert to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group on Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. Grammy-nominated country artist Wynonna will give the crowd at Tioga Downs an unforgettable experience delivering hits from her debut album with her new band, The Big Noise. All ticket sales will be donated to the organization and in addition, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural has generously pledged to match all ticket proceeds. Tickets are available for $15 each.

The Beach Boys, one of the most successful and iconic rock groups of all time, will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. Since 1961, the band has been delivering songs that have stood the test of time, like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” "Good Vibrations” and “California Girls”. The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands in world history. Tickets start at $40.

Our summer concert series will go out with a bang, wrapping up with a Labor Day weekend performance from Michael Bolton. The show will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 2. The music legend has claimed two Grammy awards, six American Music Awards and has sold 75 million records worldwide over the course of his career. He’s expected to perform hits like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” “Steel Bars” and “How Can We Be Lovers.” Tickets start at $20.

Tickets for the five concerts in this star-studded lineup will be on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27th in the Tioga Downs gift shop and online at tiogadowns.com and ticketmaster.com.

About Tioga Downs:
Tioga Downs, which opened in 2006, offers live harness racing, casino gaming and live entertainment.  Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York as well as Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York.  Since opening the new casino in December 2016, Tioga Downs has expanded its gaming offerings to include 944 slot machines, 32 table games and a luxurious 12-table poker room, which is now affiliated with the World Series of Poker.  The new Tioga Downs Hotel, which spans six stories and boasts 161 rooms, an events center and many other exciting amenities, officially opened in December 2017. Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 1,000 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tioga Downs Marks First Anniversary of Full Casino Expansion


Casino Resort Celebrates Growth, Development

Nichols, N.Y. – February 15, 2018 – Tioga Downs is celebrating a year of tremendous growth and progress. December marked a year since the casino resort completed its gaming floor expansion.
The expansion of the new gaming floor established Tioga Downs as a full-scale gambling operation. In addition to the new 12 table poker room and 32 Las Vegas style table games, the casino also added 140 new slot machines.
The gaming selection isn’t all that’s grown. In December 2017, Tioga Downs opened a luxurious new hotel that boasts 161 rooms and spans six floors, includes a new events center that can accommodate up to 450 guests for special occasions such as weddings, banquets and conventions. Tioga Downs also recently opened the full-service AgeLess Spa, a new fitness center, two rooftop decks, and expanded its dining options with the addition of new restaurant, P.J. Clarke’s. In the warmer weather, guests will now have three swimming areas to choose from, thanks to the new indoor pool, outdoor pool and water slide, all of which are salt water. Additionally, Tioga Downs has constructed a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga Golf Club, which includes a new dining location, pro shop, locker rooms and spacious banquet area for tournament receptions or those looking to host special occasions at the club.

This massive amount of development established Tioga Downs as a complete casino resort and one of the region’s most valuable tourist destinations. Most recently Tioga Downs has formed partnerships with Watkins Glen International, Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Wine Country. Economically, Tioga Downs has contributed to Tioga County and its surrounding areas. In its first year, the casino contributed $1,322,606 in gross gaming revenue for the Town of Nichols and Tioga County respectively, $1,419,669 for Broome County, $294,408 for Chemung County, $70,694 for Schuyler County, $718,780 for Tompkins County and $141,662 for Wayne County.

Most importantly, these expansions created hundreds of new local jobs, bringing the total number of Tioga Downs employees to about 700 -- a number that’s expected to grow even more during racing season.

“Tioga Downs is truly a Southern Tier success story," Senator Fred Akshar, of New York State's 52nd District said. "Our community continues to reap the benefits of millions in economic activity, tax revenue and philanthropy generated by the hard work, vision and unwavering dedication of Mr. Gural and his entire team. On behalf of the 52nd Senate District, he and his team have our sincere thanks and best wishes for the future. I know this is only the beginning of the success that’s in store for Tioga Downs.”

“Tioga Cou
nty has been a longtime, strong supporter of Tioga Downs since it opened in 2006.  We stood behind Jeff Gural and his team as they worked to build a facility that offers live harness racing, an entertainment venue and a six-story hotel, creating a full-fledged casino resort” said Martha Sauerbrey, Chairperson of the Tioga County Legislature. “The success of Tioga Downs is personal, because it means jobs and opportunity for the people of Tioga County.  We have been part of the effort to bring Tioga Downs forward and celebrate the success it has brought. Congratulations to Tioga Downs, Jeff Gural and all of the Tioga Downs team!”

“The opening of the full casino has given many of our residents the opportunity for employment in an organization that is a great employer, and truly gives back to the community. The residents of the Village of Nichols are looking forward to many years of success from Tioga Downs. Jeff Gural, with his vision and great staff, are continuing to bring jobs and economic viability to not only the village, town, and Tioga County but to the entire Southern Tier. Jeff Gural is without a doubt one of those rare individuals that sincerely cares not only for those that frequent Tioga Downs, but also the community that surrounds Tioga Downs” said Lesley Pelotte, Mayor of the Village of Nichols.

Tioga Downs and the Gural family have also continued to be major philanthropic contributors. Since Tioga Downs opened, Mr. Gural has donated several million dollars to charity, and intends to donate $1 million from his foundation to local charities each year in the future.  

Friday, December 22, 2017

24 Hour Operations Coming to Tioga Downs Casino


Hours extended in casino, Coasters Sports Bar

Nichols, N.Y. – December 22, 2017 – Guests will soon have even more opportunity to enjoy all Tioga Downs Casino Resort has to offer!

Tioga Downs has been granted approval to operate the casino 24 hours per day every Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Coasters will operate on a 24-hour schedule on weekends, serving as a convenient and enjoyable option for guests at any time of day or night.

The new schedule takes effect Friday, December 29. Please be advised that this operating schedule will be modified in the case of holidays or special events. The schedule below shows the casino’s hours over the upcoming holidays.

Casino Hours (Holidays)
Date
Day
Open
Close
12/24/2017
Sunday
9:00AM
4:00PM
12/25/2017
Monday
2:00PM
3:00AM
12/26/2017
Tuesday
9:00AM
3:00AM
12/27/2017
Wednesday
9:00AM
3:00AM
12/28/2017
Thursday
9:00AM
3:00AM
12/29/2017
Friday
9:00AM
OPEN
12/30/2017
Saturday
OPEN
OPEN
12/31/2017
Sunday
OPEN
OPEN
1/1/2018
Monday
OPEN
3:00AM
1/2/2018
Tuesday
9:00AM
3:00AM

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tioga Downs Unveils Hotel, New Amenities for the First Time


Jeff Gural marked momentous occasion alongside local and state leaders

Nichols, N.Y. – December 1, 2017 – Entertainment and gaming destination Tioga Downs celebrated the grand opening of its new hotel Friday alongside state and local leaders, community stakeholders and our media partners.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, along with dozens of state and local dignitaries and 200 guests, commemorated the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception. Visitors also had the exciting opportunity to tour the new hotel and its new accompaniments.

The new hotel boasts 161 rooms and spans six floors. The rooms and suites are polished and modern, complete with real wooden furniture from Jacob & Levi’s out of Sugarcreek, Ohio. The hotel also includes a new events center that can accommodate up to 400 guests for special occasions such as weddings and banquets. Tioga Downs also revealed its exciting new amenities for the first time, including the full-service AgeLess spa, fitness center, two rooftop decks, an events center with banquet and reception areas that can accommodate up to 400 people, and P.J. Clarke’s restaurant. Guests will enjoy three swimming areas — an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a water slide. Additionally, there will be a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga Country Club golf course, which includes a new dining location, pro shop, locker rooms and spacious banquet area for those looking to host special occasions at the club.

“We’re honored and humbled to have so many join us to celebrate this major milestone in the transformation of Tioga Downs into a full-service destination resort,” Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, said. “We now have a convenient and comfortable place for guests of all ages to stay and enjoy the many wonderful amenities the property has to offer. This will make Tioga Downs an even bigger draw for weddings, parties, and conferences, bring visitors and tourism to Tioga County, and most importantly, ensure quality jobs for the hard-working men and women in the Southern Tier.”

“The opening of the Tioga Downs Resort and Casino raises the bar for tourism in the Southern Tier,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. “The Governor’s “Southern Tier Soaring” strategy is about revitalizing this area of the state, and projects like this are making it a reality by providing hundreds of jobs and generating revenue for local governments and our schools.”

Ground broke on these exciting attractions in September 2016, shortly after Tioga Downs was awarded a full gaming license. These new additions will create hundreds of new jobs, bringing the total number of Tioga Downs employees to about 700.

Reservations for the hotel can be made online or by calling 888-946-8464.



Monday, November 20, 2017

Tioga Downs to Host Fourth Annual Winterfest


Event will feature ride-through lightshow, holiday fun for all ages

Nichols, N.Y. – November 20, 2017 – The magic of the holidays begins at Tioga Downs this month, with the return of Winterfest, a free celebration of the season for the entire family.

Winterfest runs from Friday, November 24 to Saturday, December 23, and will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. More details will be announced on Tuesday, November 21, when Tioga Downs offers the media a preview of this spectacular lightshow. A press conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tioga Downs Open Hotel, Welcome Guests


Soft opening now underway, December grand opening planned

Nichols, N.Y. – November 6, 2017 – Entertainment and gaming destination Tioga Downs is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated hotel is officially open for business.
Beginning today, select floors of the hotel are open to all guests. Reservations are now being accepted, and can be made online or by calling 888-946-8464.
A grand opening celebration is scheduled for next month. We will welcome state and local leaders, and our media partners, to celebrate the hotel’s grand opening on Friday, December 1. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by a reception with food and beverages, and tours of the new hotel and all its amenities will be offered. This event will serve as the unveiling of the hotel and its new accompaniments. An official invitation will follow.
The six-story, 161-room hotel will include the full-service AgeLess spa, fitness center, three pools, two rooftop decks, an events center with banquet and reception areas that can accommodate up to 400 people, and P.J. Clarke’s restaurant. Additionally, there will be a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga Country Club golf course.
“The opening of the hotel will mark a major milestone in the transformation of Tioga Downs into a full-service destination resort,” Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, said. “The hotel offers a convenient and comfortable place for guests of all ages to stay and enjoy the many wonderful amenities the property has to offer. This will make Tioga Downs an even bigger draw for weddings, parties, and conferences, and bring visitors and tourism to Tioga County.”
Ground broke on these exciting attractions in September 2016, shortly after Tioga Downs was awarded a full gaming license. These new additions will create hundreds of new jobs, bringing the total number of Tioga Downs employees to about 700.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tioga Downs, Red Cross Donate Nearly $6000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts


Owner Jeff Gural Matched Donations Collected by Red Cross at Tioga Downs Sunday

Nichols, N.Y. – September 6, 2017 – Tioga Downs is proud to announce that the casino, alongside the American Red Cross, raised nearly $6000 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sunday night, Tioga Downs hosted a concert featuring Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian. Ahead of the concert, Tioga Downs invited the American Red Cross to set up a table in the rotunda, collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey victims. 

The organization was able to collect $2950 from our generous patrons. Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs, matched that number, bringing the final donation to approximately $5900.

 “The people of the Southern Tier know firsthand the devastating impact flooding can have on a community,” Gural said. “It’s my hope that those affected by Hurricane Harvey know they are present in our minds, and that this donation will help them heal and rebuild.” 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tioga Downs to Host Fun-Filled Labor Day Events


Tioga Downs Announces Events for Upcoming Holiday Weekend

Nichols, N.Y. – August 31, 2017 – Tioga Downs is gearing up for its Labor Day festivities, which are packed with fun for the entire family.

Quality racing will take place throughout the weekend, with an additional special race day on Labor Day Monday, September 4. Live racing will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The highly anticipated Million Dollar Ball Drop will take place during Monday’s races. Contest entry was open to contestants from June 2 to August 20. For this contest, there is a possible prize of $1 million! 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder onto a target area in the infield of the racetrack. The top 25 golf balls dropped closest to target will win prizes up to $5000. Prior to the ball drop, Odds On Promotions will place one randomly generated number ranging from 1 to 500 into a sealed envelope. If the ball dropped closest to the target hole is that same pre-selected number in the sealed envelope, the guest will win $1,000,000.00 to be paid out over 40 years. 

Also on Monday, Tioga Downs will be hosting a Family Fun Day at the races. The theme for this free event will be Carnival Game Day. Sponsored by Bobby K Entertainment, there will be no charge for admission, and no tickets are necessary to enjoy the attractions.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Waverly football team to thank Tioga Downs for assisting in Wounded Warrior fundraising efforts


Waverly athletes will visit Tioga Downs Tuesday to thank Jeff Gural for donated jerseys

Nichols, N.Y. – August 28, 2017 – The Waverly High School football team, which has been working to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, will be visiting Tioga Downs Tuesday to thank owner Jeff Gural for his support in that mission.

 Mr. Gural generously donated $3500 to the team to purchase Wounded Warrior jerseys. The Wounded Warrior Project is a military and veterans charity service organization empowering injured veterans and their families. 

On Wednesday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m., Waverly football players will don their jerseys at Tioga Downs to thank Mr. Gural. During their visit, the team will also record a video tribute thanking all of those who serve our country. The recording will be played on the team’s video board at the Wounded Warrior game on Friday September 8, Waverly’s first home game of the season.

“It’s no secret that I’m very passionate about supporting the men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our country,” Jeff Gural said. “It’s wonderful that these students already share that great respect and appreciation for the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. It was my pleasure to donate these jerseys; I could not be prouder of their efforts.”

The Waverly football team has been fundraising, and will also be making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tioga Downs Announces Highlights of ‘Corntastic!’ Weekend


Corn-themed Contests to Take Place August 25-27

Nichols, N.Y. – August 23, 2017 – Tioga Downs is announcing details of its upcoming ‘Corntastic!’ event, which will take place from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Corntastic is one of the oldest and most popular promotions at Tioga Downs. It’s a celebration of the area’s agricultural flair, and the corn is locally grown and sourced from the Nichols area.

Free grilled corn will be available during live racing, which kicks off at 6:50 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. People can register for the contests at the racing promotions table and the contests will take place during the racing program.
More about the contests:

On Friday, August 25, Tioga Downs will host its Corn Toss Contest. Guests will submit an entry to compete, and three will be randomly selected. The contestants will attempt to toss an ear of corn into a basket at varying distances. There will be a total of 4 distances, each subsequently at farther distance. For each successful toss, the contestant will receive a $25 wagering voucher. Each contestant will have a total of 5 attempts.

You won’t want to miss our Corn Eating Contest on Saturday, August 26.  Up to eight contestants will be randomly selected. One spot will be reserved for last year’s defending champion. Contestants will have 3 minutes to eat as many ears of grilled corn as possible. Ears must be completely eaten; Tioga Downs management will serve as judges.

Don’t forget to catch our Corn Husking Contest on Sunday, August 27. Six participants will be randomly selected. Contestants will have three minutes to completely husk as many ears of corn as possible. Ears that are not completely husked will not count towards the final total. Members of the promotional staff for Tioga Downs will serve as judges.

Cash prizes for all three contests are as follows:
1st Place - $100
2nd Place - $50
3rd Place - $25