The Meadows offers a glimpse of the racino business - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

The Meadows offers a glimpse of the racino business

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON, Pa. - A little taste of Vegas is located just on the southern outskirts of Pittsburgh. The Meadows Racino has been in operation since 2007.

"We built this property to be oriented to the race track. So everywhere you are in a dining experience, you get to view the racing," says Vice President and General Manager Sean Sullivan. 

The racetrack at The Meadows turned 50 years old on June 28.

About 15 years before the casino came along, the business here started to decline, and making it a racino brought it back to life.

"All the casinos were brought into the state to help the agricultural department. To help the horse racing industry. To help tax relief in property taxes. There's different beneficiaries. The general fund and so on," says Sullivan.

The economic impact can be felt throughout the racino's surrounding communities of Washington and Canonsburg.

Austintown's racino will be about half the size of The Meadows; its casino will have Video Lottery Terminals or VLT's and on the track will be thoroughbred racing.

Lawrence County's Valley View Downs, still in its planning stage, will resemble the Meadows with the harness racing, slots and table games.

Sullivan says he is concerned about what could happen if too many companies try to get a piece of the racino action.

"It would be great if the incoming tide lifted all the boats, but it's not. So we have to be careful. It could just saturate the market and it could spread those limited revenues to multiple locations and what that does, is it makes it difficult to invest in a facility for capital investment; for expansion," he says.

For the Meadows, that expansion will include retail. It offers live entertainment, with big names like Gladys Night. It also has eating areas and a bowling alley, making it a family destination.

"We're not a casino in our own minds. We offer different forms of entertainment so we see it as one big package," Sullivan says. 

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • Former President George HW Bush buoyed by tributes to wife

    Former President George HW Bush buoyed by tributes to wife

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:18 AM EDT2018-04-19 13:18:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File). FILE - In this 1990 file photo, first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. A family spokesman said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.(AP Photo/Doug Mills, File). FILE - In this 1990 file photo, first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. A family spokesman said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.
    Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy.More >>
    Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy.More >>
  • Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

    Trump calls sketch released by Daniels 'a total con job'

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-04-19 13:05:28 GMT
    (Michael Avenatti via AP). This artist's drawing released by attorney Michael Avenatti, purports to show the man that the adult film actress Stormy Daniels says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 to remain quiet about her affair with Pre...(Michael Avenatti via AP). This artist's drawing released by attorney Michael Avenatti, purports to show the man that the adult film actress Stormy Daniels says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 to remain quiet about her affair with Pre...
    Trump says a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent.More >>
    Trump says a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent.More >>
  • NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    NASA's Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:56:52 GMT
    (SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...(SpaceX via AP). This photo released by SpaceX on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 shows a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fla. Once in orbit, TESS will peer at hundreds of thousands...
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
    NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft is back on the pad for another shot at launch.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms