USA – It has been announced today that a racino establishment in Ohio; MGM Northfield Park, is closing its doors temporarily due to the impact, concerns and fears surrounding the coronavirus crisis.
MGM Northfield Park, formerly Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, conducts more than 200 harness racing nights each year, is owned by MGM Growth Properties and operated by MGM Resorts International.
‘MGM Resorts International is a global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings.’
Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Operating Officer and President commented on the announcement:
“As of midnight tonight, MGM Northfield Park will suspend operations and temporarily close.”
Hornbuckle added details about the near future plans:
“We will do all we can to mitigate the impact on our employees and partners. We will monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep everyone informed as decisions are made to reopen as soon as we are able.”
MGM Northfield Park was purchased from Milstein Entertainment by MGM Growth Properties and has a casino gaming space of 200,000 square feet. The track’s nickname is “The Home of the Flying Turns” and its motto “Every nineteen minutes the place goes crazy”.
According to reports, ‘more than 100,000 people are believed to be infected with the coronavirus in the state – about one percent of its population, health officials in the state said Friday.’
Dr. Amy Acton, director of the State Health Department said:
“This is certainly an unprecedented time… we’ve never seen a situation exactly like this”