Penn National announces Sept. 17 opening date for Hollywood Gaming

Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) announced today that pending final regulatory approval, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

“We’re thrilled to be able to set our opening date for this new, state-of-the-art regional destination offering premier gaming, dining, racing and entertainment options,” said Tim Wilmott, president and chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming. “Located at one of the nation’s busiest freeway interchanges at I-80 and Ohio Route 46 in Austintown, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will provide our guests with a variety of memorable experiences in an exciting, high energy setting.

“In addition, we’re proud of the economic opportunities we’re bringing to the Mahoning Valley,” Wilmott said. “With 400 permanent employees, we’ll be a significant employer in the region. And we believe the facility is already serving as a catalyst for additional economic development in the area and will continue to spur economic growth in the future.”

“We’re already in high gear and look forward to welcoming guests with a unique gaming and entertainment experience for this region,” said Mike Galle, general manager. “The building itself is nearing completion, we’re continuing to build our team, and we anticipate large crowds when we open the doors on Wednesday, Sept. 17.”

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will celebrate a second grand opening on Monday, Nov. 24, when thoroughbred racing begins on the new one-mile all-weather racetrack.

The $250 million development is located on Ohio Route 46 (N. Canfield-Niles Road) just south of Interstate 80 and near the Ohio Turnpike, Interstate 680 and Ohio Route 11. The gaming floor will open with 850 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) and a wide variety of dining and entertainment options for patrons. The adjacent racetrack grandstand includes more than 1,000 enclosed seats and a simulcast theater that will allow race fans to wager on races at tracks throughout North America.

Once its doors open on Sept. 17, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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