Representatives of Northlands Park announced Wednesday that the racetrack would cease operations at the conclusion of the 2016 racing season.
According to a report by CBC News, the Edmonton, Alberta, facility is located near Rexall Place, the arena that currently is the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. However, the team will be moving to a new arena, Rogers Place, next fall.
Officials with Northlands and the city of Edmonton have been developing plans for a new $165-million sports complex and festival center on the property. The new proposal, which was unveiled today, includes major renovations to Rexall Place which will create the ‘Northlands Ice Coliseum,' with six ice surfaces, at a cost of $85 million; an outdoor festival/concert area; and a 5,000-seat multipurpose venue.
Horse Racing Alberta issued the following statement regarding the Northlands announcement:
The Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding industry is rich in history, tradition and culture. Horse Racing began in Alberta in 1905, and we thank Northlands Park for being a part of that tradition for over 100 years. Obviously we are disappointed in their decision to leave racing at Northlands Park, they have been a strong partner over many years. However, we respect their decision and wish them well in their new endeavors. We will work with Northlands Park as they transition out of racing to minimize the impact on our industry.
In Alberta, the Horse Racing and Breeding Industry is a way of life. Every day over 7,000 Albertans work hard caring for over 7,000 horses in communities across our Province.
Horse Racing Alberta remains committed to continue to race, entertain, provide jobs and contribute significantly to Alberta's economy.
Horse Racing Alberta is aware of interests in building a track in the Edmonton area and will explore, with our industry partners, options for racing in the Edmonton area.
Read more at CBC News
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