Miami Valley Gaming and Racing is planning to open its racino in Warren County on Dec. 12 — a move, the company hopes — will help secure the Dayton market before the Penn National racino opens in Dayton.
“We want the opportunity to make the Dayton market ours,” said Jim Simms, Miami Valley Gaming president and general manager. “Dayton and Northern Cincinnati are our primary markets.”
Originally, the Warren County racino was scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.
The racino, on Ohio 63, just east of Interstate 75, will open at noon, Thursday, Dec. 12, Simms said. Penn National isn’t expected to open the Dayton racino until later in 2014.
Simms spoke Thursday after a meeting with the Warren County commissioners.
The commissioners approved a 70-foot sign for the 120-acre complex. The sign, replaces two, including a 100-foot one, already part of the plan for the development of the facility.
The smaller sign still will be visible from I-75, but more in proportion to the building, Simms said.
With the change, the main sign will be located at the entrance on Ohio 63, rather than a side entrance on Union Road, a smaller road running north-south past the facility.
The Warren County Port Authority will own the property and facilities and lease them to the operators, a joint venture of the Kentucky-based Churchill Downs, and New York-based Delaware North.
By opening on Dec. 12, the racino will be ready for the holiday season, particularly the days between Christmas and New Year’s.
“It’s usually the busiest time of the year,” Simms said.