In the southern state of Georgia and the boss for the Atlanta Motor Speedway has reportedly announced that he would like to bring a resort casino complete with a 700-room hotel to the giant NASCAR facility.
According to a Monday report from local television broadcaster WAGA-TV, Ed Clark serves as President for the Henry County track and has released a concept proposal that calls for the venue to add a resort casino also featuring an 85,000 sq ft gaming floor as well as some 75,000 sq ft of convention space.
The businessman reportedly believes that this proposed development could gather local legislative support because it would be more family-friendly than other such schemes courtesy of its inclusion of a ten-screen cinema complex, a 330,000 sq ft theme park and an entertainments center embracing an e-sports arena. Continuing this theme and he moreover wants the development to encompass approximately 400 condominiums as well as a water park, a three-level golf driving range, ten restaurants and a 300,000 sq ft shopping mall.
WAGA-TV reported that Clark considers that such a resort casino, which he would furthermore like to encompass an 11,000-seat concert venue and a nightclub, could benefit from the fact that the Atlanta Motor Speedway already has a considerable fan base. The 71,000-seat facility regularly hosts NASCAR races, the Georgia State Fair, the Imagine Music Festival and the Atlanta Air Show and sits only about 21 miles from the giant Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Clark told the WAGA-TV that the Atlanta Motor Speedway is working with the federally-recognized Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which is responsible for Connecticut’s enormous Foxwoods Resort Casino, on more fully developing this concept and could eventually include an underground car parking facility with up to 7,800 spaces.
However, Georgia legislators and the state’s normally conservative electorate must first approve a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling before any of this can happen. But, Clark is undaunted by these hurdles and explained that a resort casino adjacent to the Atlanta Motor Speedway could create almost 5,000 new full-time jobs while bringing in around $1 billion in construction revenues alone.