Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tioga Downs to host Tioga Central football championship banquet

The racino to help celebrate school's first state championship in grand fashion

Nichols, N.Y. – December 18, 2015 – Tioga Downs is set to host Tioga Central High School’s football team, staff, friends and family on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to honor the school’s first Class D State Football Championship win.

The Tioga Central football championship has been five years in the making. Tioga was able to propel themselves to a 33-26 win over Ticonderoga High School and ended the season with a record of 12-1. Due to the long awaited win and overall accomplishments of the high school football program, Tioga Downs is pleased to host this event free of charge to help celebrate this significant milestone.

Tioga Downs is expecting around 240 people from Tioga Central at the celebratory banquet and the group will be joined by Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, who has been asked by Tioga Central School District to speak to the students and their guests.

"We would like to congratulate the Tioga Central Tigers on their first New York State high school football championship, it is a well-deserved accomplishment for a wonderful group of student athletes. From the moment we walked in the doors of the school we could feel the energy, excitement and pride associated with being a Tioga Central Tiger. For these students to go from a period of uncertainty surrounding their cherished programs to the pinnacle event for high school sports is a terrific ending to a long journey this year. We look forward to being involved with Tioga Central for years to come and are proud of all the students, athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and parents on a tremendous victory," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment, LLC.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit