Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Construction begins on new six-story hotel at Tioga Downs
Resort to feature entertainment center, other amenities
Nichols, N.Y. – September 6, 2016 – Those traveling to Tioga Downs from outside the area will soon be able to rest easy knowing they can spend the night without having to leave the entertainment complex. Tioga Downs kicked off the construction of a hotel with a groundbreaking ceremony this morning. Owner Jeff Gural and other community leaders turned the dirt on the site where the hotel will soon stand.
This marks the beginning of the next major phase of construction to prepare for the growth associated with the transition to full casino gaming. The State of New York granted the final license to Tioga Downs last month.
The hotel itself will feature 161 guest rooms and will span a total of six floors. Guests may use any of three swimming areas—an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a water slide. A spa center and fitness facility are also included in the plans for construction. The new hotel will accommodate special events in its entertainment center. Banquets and receptions can seat up to 400 guests.
Tioga Downs has had an extremely busy summer, recently opening the first finished section of the new gaming area added as well as Virgil’s Real BBQ, which is off to a great start in its first month of operation. Just last week, Tioga Downs was formally granted a commercial gaming license by the New York State Gaming Commission to operate a full-fledged casino at the property.
This year marks the tenth anniversary celebration for Tioga Downs. The entertainment complex offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the racino. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. With a commercial gaming license now officially granted, Tioga Downs will push forward on its complete transformation into a world-class gaming and entertainment complex. 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 www.tiogadowns.com.