Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Tioga Downs Casino is proud to announce their Summer Concert Series lineup! The 2014 Series kicks off on May 30th with legendary rock group “Tommy James and the Shondells”, 70s hit-makers “Kansas” follow on June 20th, and “Yes” inaugurates Independence Day Weekend with a performance on July 5th.
Country star and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler performs on August 8th and, lastly, rounding out the Series on August 31st is Grammy-nominated country artist Trace Adkins.
All concerts have a start time of 8pm and will be taking place at the outside concert venue.
Pricing for tickets to see “Tommy James and the Shondells” and “Kansas” is $20, $25, and $30. Tickets are currently available for purchase.
Ticket prices for “Yes” and Trace Adkins are $25, $35 and $45. Kellie Pickler concert tickets are $15, with all proceeds to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Tickets for all three shows will be available beginning April 19th at 9am.
Tickets for all of the shows can be purchased at Tioga Downs Casino Gift Shop, Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster location.
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Friday, April 25, 2014
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media
Final preparations are under way for the ninth season of harness racing at Tioga Downs, with the first of 61 programs set for Saturday, May 3.
Fans taking in Opening Night at Tioga Downs will receive a 2014 race date T-shirt and schedule magnet (while supplies last) and will be treated to a fireworks display following the last race. New for this year, one lucky fan will win a $1000 wager on the Kentucky Derby, with the winnings theirs to keep.
While opening night post time will be 5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon cards will typically maintain their 1:30 p.m. start times, evening cards have a new earlier post time for 2014. Friday and Saturday night programs will begin at 6:15 p.m., as will the handful of non-holiday Monday and Thursday cards scheduled for the upcoming meet.
"We are looking forward to our ninth season at Tioga Downs, kicking off with the biggest Kentucky Derby party in the Southern Tier and continuing with quality harness racing all summer with full, competitive fields," said Jason Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga. "To continue our commitment to fans and horseplayers, we've lowered our trifecta, Pick 3, and Pick 4 wagers to a 50¢ minimum, and our takeout, the lowest by statute in the State of New York for harness racing, remains among the lowest in harness racing across North America."
Live and simulcast players alike will benefit from the new Handicapping Resources section of the Tioga Downs website, with detailed race analysis and trip notes available for all Tioga race programs. In addition to being available in the Tioga Downs on-track program, simulcast fans can access the resources at http://www.tiogadowns.com/racing/handicapping.php. Players can cover more combinations without exhausting their bankroll, as trifectas, Pick 3s, and Pick 4s are all now 50¢ base wagers.
Once again, the Cane Pace and Roll With Joe Pace headline the racing season, with top three-year-olds vying for the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown on Monday, September 1 and older pacers contesting a $200,000 (est.) purse on Sunday, June 1.
Horsemen are advised that the Opening Weekend condition sheet is available at http://tiogadowns.com/media/racing/condsheet.pdf. Additionally, pre-meet qualifiers are scheduled for the morning of Friday, April 25 and the evening of Tuesday, April 29 in conjunction with the annual pre-meet Press Night.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Tioga Downs today satisfied a threshold requirement of the guidelines established by the New York State Gaming Commission by submitting its $1 million application fee in advance of a mandatory applicant conference.
Located in the Southern Tier of New York at the gateway to the Finger Lakes, Tioga Downs has long been partnering with community institutions and facilities - not just in anticipation of its application for a full gaming license, but rather consistent with its commitment to genuine relationships.
"Responsible, realistic growth based on longstanding partnerships with our neighbors and area civic organizations is how we've always operated," said Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing & Entertainment, which owns Tioga Downs. "We are already expanding, with a new indoor parking garage now under construction and recently announced destination attractions scheduled for the 2014 winter holiday season."
Tioga Downs, in addition to its many long-standing local partnerships, last week announced its first annual WinterFest destination attraction to run from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.
Tioga Downs Casino also announced an option agreement with the Tioga Country Club, which Tioga Downs will operate if awarded a Gaming Facility License under the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013.
Said Jeff Gural, "This facility and its application are uniquely positioned - geographically, economically, and certainly in terms of timing - to provide the most realistic and most responsible benefits to the Southern Tier and all of New York State as soon as possible. Our employees, neighbors, and supporters are eagerly looking forward to the rest of this deliberate application process."