A racetrack in New Hampshire that has been around for 110 years is now on the market.
After trying to obtain alternative forms of casino gambling or gaming for over two decades, the decision was made to sell, according to Ed Callahan, general manager of Rockingham Park in Salem.
WMUR-TV was told by Callahan that he believes if the legislation had been passed to build a casino, Rockingham Park could have built something the state could be proud of, not to mention bringing in millions of dollars in revenue. Approximately 200 jobs would be lost.
Rockingham Park was the country’s first to offer insurance to riders and the first to use a moving starting gate. In 2010, the track stopped holding live horse racing events. Charitable games were instituted by Rockingham in 1997.
On March 17, the State Senate of New Hampshire met to discuss almost 30 bills, one of which covered gambling. Not the first time the bill has been introduced, it would bring casino gambling to the New Hampshire. The measure had originally set Rockingham Park as the one location that would be home to the proposed casino. However, the bill did not gain support as written, so it was amended to open the potential casino to any location, allowing for a bid process.