Monday, December 19, 2016

Tioga Downs Ringing in 2017 with the biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Southern Tier

Event offers live music, many chances to win cash and an action-packed evening of ‘firsts’ to celebrate the New Year

Nichols, N.Y. – December 19, 2016 – Tioga Downs Casino is excited to invite the community to the region’s largest and most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday December 31, 2016 with a party kicking off at 9 p.m. and continuing until 1 a.m.  This year features a New Year’s celebration of firsts for Tioga Downs as this is the first year that table games are available in the casino, the first year that Virgil’s Real BBQ is open and the first time that Tioga Downs has featured three bands for its New Year’s Eve festivities.

This very special New Year’s Eve party has free admission and an abundance of entertainment, including complimentary live music for everyone to enjoy.  Local favorite Virgil Cain will provide live entertainment on the main indoor stage, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. During these same hours, country artist Devon Franks will perform on stage in Virgil’s Real BBQ and alternative rock sensation Travis Rocco will entertain guests in the sideshow lounge (guests must be 21 or over). 

Tioga Downs will feature numerous gaming promotions, which includes one lucky guest earning a cash prize every 30 minutes.  The first promotion Tioga is highlighting is its $250 ‘Cash Hot Seat’ where one winner will be randomly drawn every 30 minutes between 9 and 11:30 pm to receive $250 in cash.  The big promotion of the evening is the ‘$2017 Cash Hot Seat’ where one winner will be randomly selected at 12:30 am to receive $2,017 in cash to ring in 2017.

“Last year’s New Year’s Eve celebration was one of our biggest to date and with the addition of so many amenities at the property this year we are expecting a record crowd to ring in 2017.  Tioga Downs has a lot to celebrate in 2016 and we look forward to an even bigger 2017, we are pleased so many enjoy spending the biggest night of the year with us,” commented Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, LLC.

Tioga Downs will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Buffet on December 31 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The buffet will offer a variety of entrée selections, side dishes, cold selections as well as a carving station.  All guests 21 years old and above will be treated to a champagne toast at midnight as well as given complimentary 2017 party favors.  The infamous Times Square ball drop will be televised on all televisions throughout the property.  Virgil’s Real BBQ will be closed from 4 – 9 pm but will be open from 9 pm – 2 am to help celebrate the New Year.  Coasters Sports Bar will also be open all day and evening where guests can enjoy the numerous college football playoff games scheduled.  The casino will open at 9 am on December 31 and will close at 3 am on January 1.  Parking is free and the parking garage will be open.

In addition to the recent opening of the new gaming areas of the casino featuring new slot machines, table games and a poker room, this year marks the tenth anniversary celebration for Tioga Downs. The entertainment complex offers live harness racing, casino gaming and live entertainment.  Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY as well as Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. With a commercial gaming license officially granted and the new casino open, Tioga Downs will continue to push forward on the buildout of the additional amenities for its world-class gaming and entertainment complex.  These include a hotel, spa, additional restaurant, events/convention center and more. 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

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