Southland Park announces $37M expansion

Once known as one of America’s premiere greyhound racing facilities, Southland Park in West Memphis, Arkansas, has become a major player in the gaming industry, primarily because of its proximity to Memphis, Tennessee.
And, now it’s about to become even more important.
The owners of Southland Park, Jeremy Jacobs’ Delaware North Cos. of Buffalo, New York, announced over the weekend that it will invest $37.4 million to expand the property’s casino-style gambling area. The move is expected to add 60 jobs.
According to the AP’s Chuck Bartels, who interviewed Southland Park’s President and General Manager Troy Keeping, the plans include the addition of 41,000 square feet of space and exterior work to provide a uniform look to old and new areas of the greyhound track and casino.
“The entire building from east to west is going to be completely refurbished,” Keeping said.
Completion of the expansion will allow Southland to accommodate nearly 2,000 games as well as a new restaurant and sports bar. The new jobs will boost the employment level at Southland to 675 workers, Keeping said.
Southland’s location, just a 10-minute drive from downtown Memphis, Tennessee, makes it a major factor in the areas’ gaming industry.
Competition comes from nine casinos being operated in Tunica, Mississippi, about 40 miles away, and from Oaklawn Park, the horse racetrack in Hot Springs. Arkansas.


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