Friday, November 28, 2014

Tioga Downs opens 'Winterfest'

Tioga Downs officially opened their Winterfest Celebration Friday night.

The casino is using a mix of old time traditions and new technology to help get people in the holiday spirit. The celebration features a light show with the latest and greatest technology.

"There are approximately 36,000 lights here. We have the one tree that is over three stories tall, and there is over 3,700 lighting channels on it,” said Ken Williams, designer and creator of the light show.

Each light bulb is capable of doing more than 16 million colors, which makes the show exactly what Tioga Downs hoped it would be.

"Our owner Mr. Gural has wanted to do something for the winter time and holiday events. He wanted to create memories from far away and right here in our backyard," said Linn Redder, vice-president of marketing at Tioga Downs.

Winterfest also has activities that will get you out of your seat and on the move. One of the fan favorites at Winterfest so far is taking a ride around the track. You can either be pulled by tractor or by horse. The light show can be seen from wherever you are on the track.

Every aspect of Winterfest has a holiday feel, that is bringing families together.

"It was a great time. It is nice that Tioga Downs is doing things for families these days. It is a nice way to celebrate the holidays with your family," said Janelle St. Clair.

Before Friday night was over, Williams was already thinking about ways to improve Winterfest.

"We are already developing ideas for next year to improve,” he added. “This is something that has never been done in the Southern Tier."

Winterfest will be open through Jan. 3 and there is no cost to attend.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tioga Downs casino license would boost entire region

The preparation and submission of applications for the Southern Tier's full casino gaming license has, at the risk of understatement, been big news.

Tioga Downs, my facility, is one of the applicants for this important economic development responsibility. I believe our application is a good one, and that Tioga Downs is uniquely positioned to responsibly meet the letter and intent of the legislation and referendum that created this process. But that is not why I am writing.

It is being said, in several media outlets and public statements and in letters to newspapers, that in the event Tioga Downs is granted this license, Binghamton will not benefit. This is simply not true.

If Tioga Downs is granted a full casino gaming license, we will hire in Binghamton. More importantly, these positions will be available a few months after we get the license, and not sometime in late 2016 or 2017. This is not a zero-sum game situation. It is a regional development effort with regional benefits to be gained for all of our Southern Tier neighbors. Professional and objective workforce studies, economic forecasts, and plain common sense all require Tioga Downs hiring in Binghamton and throughout Broome County. Suggesting otherwise is misleading.

Tioga Downs has been a good neighbor — for the entire region, not just in Tioga County and not just recently. We support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Southern Tier Veterans, along with other nonprofits that service the entire region. Our sponsorship kept the Binghamton Air Show going, and we plan to sponsor Spiedie Fest if we get the license. Tioga Downs has also committed to establishing a charitable foundation to allocate not less than $500,000 annually throughout the Southern Tier.

As many people know, my mother was raised in Binghamton, and the only reason I initially came up to look at Tioga Downs was because of that connection. I thought then, and am now convinced, that my mother and her friends from the area would smile seeing me put so much effort into our Southern Tier communities.

Tioga Downs, a good neighbor long before there was talk about the application process we're likely close to the end of, has always hired from throughout the region, and has always appreciated the support we have received from the residents of Binghamton and Broome County.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Media Reminder

Friday, October 31st at 1pm

Tioga Downs' will be unveiling their newly constructed 3 1/2-story parking garage. The garage will be open to the media
starting at 1pm and then to the public immediately following
a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Chairman and CEO of American Racing and
Entertainment Jeffrey Gural will be present.

The media is invited to meet in the Winner's Circle Lounge.
We Hope to See You There!

Please RSVP to:

Mary Roper, Rosanne Sall Advertising      

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tioga Downs' Parking Garage Opens to the Public

Promises Made – Promises Kept...
Tioga Downs' Parking Garage Opens to the Public
Construction started last November

After months of on-schedule construction, the parking garage at Tioga Downs Casino will open to the public on October 31, 2014. A 1pm ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held, when the garage will open to the public. The first 100 visitors to park in the new garage will receive an entry for a chance to win 1 of 3 $500 cash drawings, which will be held after 3pm.

The new garage provides 275 additional parking spaces, and easy access to the casino.

Jeff Gural, CEO & Chairman of American Racing & Entertainment - owner of Tioga Downs, promised a multi-phase expansion project which was unveiled last spring.

Starting with the groundbreaking last November, work continued through the bitter winter months. The foundation was completed in April, the assembly of the garage walls and floors began in early May, and the final beam was hoisted into place during a signing ceremony on September 19th.

According to Gural, "Construction of the garage brought hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier. Not using a precast system kept these workers employed longer. The project also proves that Tioga Downs is the full gaming license candidate that would be quickest to market with a sustainable and appropriate plan. For this important regional economic development effort, approved by the voters in a referendum, Tioga Downs is the responsible pick. "

The completion of the parking garage marks the end of Phase One of Tioga Downs' Expansion Project. The next phases include an onsite hotel and expanded gaming floor.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,
two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

See You at The River Road Expo, a Comic and Pop Culture Convention Hosted at Tioga Downs Casino

The River Road Expo, a comic and pop culture convention, will be held at Tioga Downs Casino on Sunday, November 2nd, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fans can meet both professional and self-published writers and artists including;

Dave Bullock, is an Emmy Award nominated director of the Warner Brothers animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. Mr. Bullock has also directed episodes of The Spectacular Spider-Man and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His artwork was recently in the comic mini-series Batman: Black and White.

Brandon T. Snider keeps busy as both an actor and an author. He has appeared in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Law and Order: SVU. He is the author of the best-selling book: The Dark Knight Manual. He also has written stories for Regular Show, a comic book series produced by Boom! Studios.

Alex Sanchez’s artwork can be seen in DC’s Katana series. He also illustrated two issues of Marvel’s Elektra.

Additional published creators; Mike Raicht, Tom Peyer, Mike Garland and Ethan Young will also be at the Expo.

All ages are welcome to this fun, free admission event.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,
two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tioga Downs Casino and Binghamton Harley Owners' Group (HOG) raise funds through Christmas for Kids Ride

On Sunday, August 24th, over 100 participants and sponsors worked to raise $2,900 in this year's John "Wah" Oleski Christmas for Kids Ride.

Tioga Downs Casino Owner Jeff Gural has generously offered to match the amount raised for the event. The casino also provided the riders and participants with complimentary meals and free play coupons for their hard work and dedication.

Tioga Downs Casino has been a big supporter of the ride's mission for many years. The Binghamton Harley Davidson® Motorcycle group has raised over $120,000 to purchase toys for the program over the last 25 years. The ride's name was recently changed in remembrance of the event organizer, John "Wah" Oleski, who lost his courageous battle with lymphoma last year.

The Christmas for Kids Ride departs from the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® dealership and cruises to Tioga Downs Casino along with a police escort.
Hundreds of children throughout the southern tier will receive new toys due to the collaborative efforts of Tioga Downs Casino and the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® group.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tioga Downs Puts Final Beam in Place for New Parking Garage

Local dignitaries, Tioga Downs’ personnel and members of the media ceremoniously signed the final steel beam for the new parking garage before it was lifted into place during a press conference at Tioga Downs this morning.

Construction on the 3-story, 275-space garage began last fall as fulfillment of a promise made by Jeff Gural, CEO & Chairman of American Racing & Entertainment (the parent company of Tioga Downs,) to start construction on the ramp if voters passed Proposition 1 in the November 5th election allowing the New York State Legislature to authorize and regulate up to seven casinos in New York. The building process began soon after that proposition was approved.

Construction of the parking garage, which will connect to the casino, is Phase One of Tioga Downs’ expansion plans and is expected to be completed next month.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,

two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Final Beam to be put in place for New Parking Garage

Tioga Downs Casino will hold a press conference and ceremony this Friday, September 19 at 11am as they prepare for the last steel beam to be put into place for their new Parking Garage.

Local dignitaries and Tioga Downs personnel will sign the final steel beam before it is lifted into place. Media representatives who are present will also be invited to sign the beam. The ceremony will take place outside on the Winner’s Circle Lounge patio.

Construction on the 3-story parking complex, which is Phase One of Tioga Downs’ expansion project, began last November and is expected to be completed next month.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,

two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Get out your ten-gallon hats and your best cowboy duds! Tioga Downs Casino is excited to announce that they will be holding a weekend-long "Texas Trick Riders" event on August 29th and 30th, featuring extreme trick riding, roping, country vendors and more! Admission to this family-friendly event is free, and the performances will take place during live racing.

Starring throughout the weekend is Texas-based "Austin Anderson and the Texas Trick Riders". Third generation entertainer Austin Anderson brings a lifetime of knowledge to his craft. Austin started his career at the age of four, working with his parents in Anderson's Wild West Entertainment and themed equine shows. Austin created "The Texas Trick Riders" in 2004 and has toured the US and Canada. A movie stuntman, horseman and entertainer, Austin draws from his vast experience to train horses and people.

In addition, patrons are invited to enjoy a special $10 country BBQ buffet, located in the trackside tent. Featuring such favorites as BBQ pulled pork, chicken spiedies, baked beans and potato salad, the buffet is available Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 8pm.

Capping off the Western-themed weekend is a performance by Grammy-nominated country artist Trace Adkins on August 31st, sponsored by Tioga State Bank. Famous for such hits as "You’re Gonna Miss This", "Ladies Love Country Boys", and "Just Fishin'", this show is not to be missed! Tickets begin at $25 and are available from the Tioga Downs Gift Shop and

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