Adios Week Underway At The Meadows Casino

Adios Week Underway At The Meadows Casino


WHEN YOU THINK OF THE MEADOWS, YOU MAY THINK OF THE CASINO ONLY. BUT THERE’S MUCH MORE TO DO. THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS WEEK’S VISIT WASHINGTON INTERVIEW. AND WE HAVE THE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND RODGER HOUSTON, HALL OF FAME RACETRACK ANNOUNCER KNOWN AS THE VOICE. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN? I’M NOT USED TO TALKING THIS EARLY IN THE MORNING. WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP TODAY? 5:30. HE CAN TALK. YOU WILL BE OKAY. VOICE, HE CAN TALK. SO THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. SO LET’S START THE WEEK. IT STARTING TODAY AT THE MEADOWS. WE HAD A 24,000 CARRYOVER YESTERDAY IN THE PICK FIVE SO WE HAVE A GUARANTEED POOL TODAY OF $75,000. IF YOU GET A SINGLE WINNER, SOMEONE WILL GO HOME WITH A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY TODAY. I THINK IT IS THE LARGEST CARRYOVER THAT WE HAD. WE HAVE SOME FAMILY FUN NIGHT AND A REAL GOOD TIME. AND IT IS ON SATURDAY. IS THIS ONE OF THE BIGGER EVENT FOR YOU? FOR THE HARNESS END OF IT THE BIGGEST RACE THIS YEAR. WE HAVE HORSES FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA COMING IN TO RACE. THE PURSES ARE HIGHER. IT IS AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE LATE 1960s. SO MUCH FUN. AND THE MEADOWS HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. IF YOU’RE NOT NECESSARILY INTO THE RACING PARK, THERE’S PLENTY TO DO THERE? YOU NAME IT. LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT THEY’LL HAVE A LOT OF THINGS FOR THE YOUNGSTERS AS FAR AS FACE PAINTING AND THE GUYS THAT MAKE THE FUNNY BALLOONS AND ALL THAT STUFF. IT IS REALLY A FAMILY TYPE OF ENTERTAINMENT. AND OFF THE RACE BOOK, THEY HAVE A BOLLING ALLEY AND IT GETS A LOT OF PLAY FROM THE YOUNGSTERS AS WELL. WHAT GETS INTO GETTING AN EVENT LIKE THIS TO GO AND GETTING EVERYTHING ORGANIZED AS A PROJECT? START THE MOMENT IT ENDS. YOU START THINKING ABOUT WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER NEXT TIME AND WHAT WENT WELL IN THE MEADOWS IS SUCH A FUN PLACE AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 25 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN THERE, THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO. AND IT STARTS WHEN YOU GET OFF RACETRACK ROAD. WE BOST AS BEING THE NUMBER ONE TOURIST DESTINATION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY AND NUMBER TWO IS ACROSS THE STREET, TANGER OUTLET AND THEN OVER A THOUSAND HOTEL ROOMS. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. WE HAVE OUR OWN HOTEL, THE HYATT PLACE CONNECTED TO US. THE BOWLING IS THERE, THE STEAKHOUSE IS THERE. WE HAVE CONCERT AND ENTERTAINMENT. AND LIVE MUSIC EVERY WEEKEND. AND THEN THE GAMING SIDE. GAMBLEING IS A BIG DEAL FOR US. AND WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND PUT A LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY INTO THAT. IT HAS BECOME A DESTINATION AREA FOR PEOPLE, NOT ONLY PITTSBURGH BUT OTHER PARTS AROUND THE REGION. DID YOU EVER THINK IT WOULD GROW INTO WHAT IT IS NOW? IT IS INTERESTING. I GET TO MEET A LOT OF OUR NEWER TEAM MEMBERS AND TALK ABOUT OUR MEADOWS. WE’RE ONE OF THE LARGEST CASINOS IN THE COUNTRY. IT IS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY AND I THINK TEN YEARS AGO WASHINGTON COUNTY WAS MAYBE A LITTLE MORE FARMLAND AND BUILT ON HISTORY. AND NOW IS TECHNOLOGY, OIL AND GAS AND ENTERTAINMENT. AND WE’RE EXCITED TO BE A PART OF IT. AND YOU TALK ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE IN. WE LOVE THE EVENTS. AND OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, WE HAD OVER 40 FOOD TRUCKS IN TOWN AND NEXT WEEKEND, WE’LL HOST A BOXING EVENT. AND AUGUST 19th AND 20th WE’LL HAVE CORKS AND KEGS. AND WE’LL HAVE OVER 40 BREWERIES AND WINERIES AND THEN LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SO IN SEPTEMBER, WE’LL LOOK AT CRAIG MORGAN, COUNTRY STAR AND CHUBBY CHECKERED WILL BE IN TOWN CELEBRATING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TWIST. AND YOU HAVE A CAR CREWS COMING UP — CRUISE COMING UP? IT IS IN CONJUNCTION CAN CORKS AND KEGS. OUR CAR CRUISE HAS SEEN UPWARDS OF 500 VINTAGE VEHICLES ON THE RACETRACK. ONE THING I WANT TO MENTION THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER TWO HORSE IN ALL OF HARNESS RACING WILL BE AT THE MEADOWS SATURDAY AFTERNOON. HUNTSVILLE WON HIS DIVISION AND FEAST DRAGON WON HIS. AND — FEAR THE DRAGON WON HIS. AND IT IS QUITE A FEAT THAT THEIR BOTH AT THE MEADOWS ON SATURDAY. SO FANS CAN SEE THE NUMBER ONE AND TWO HORSES OF ALL OF HARNESS RACES ON SATURDAY. A RARE OPPORTUNITY. WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO SEE PEOPLE GETTING SO EXCITED ABOUT THE RACES. I’VE ANNOUNCED RACES FOR 58, 59 YEARS. AND YOU SEE THE CROWD, THE WAY THEY REACT TO HORSE RACING, THE YOUNG YOUNGSTER REACT TO HORSE RACING. WE’RE ON TV FOUR AND A HALF HOURS A DAY. AND THE GREATEST BABY-SITTER IN THE WORLD IS TO PUT THE YOUNGSTER IN HIS LITTLE CAR SEE THE AND PUT HIM IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION, HE LOVESES TO LOOK AT THE HORSES. — HE LOVES TO LOOK AT THE HORSES. BRING OUT THE YOUNGSTERS. YOU’LL HAVE A GREAT TIME. WATCHING THE ADRENALIN BUILD AND ENERGY, THIS GUY IS THE EXCITEMENT TOO. YOU GOT TO HEAR HIM CALL A RACE. EVERY RACE IS JUST AS BIG AS THE NEXT ONE. AND THE AUDIOO, THE HORSES ARE PLAYING AROUND THE TRACK AND THE EXCITEMENT COMING OUT OF HIS VOICE IS SO GENUINE AND PASSIONATE T SETS THIS GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR US. THEY SAY EVERY RACE I CALL IS LIKE THE ADDO IS IT IS A $5,000 CLAIMER THAT MAYBE THE CLOSEST THAT THE OWNER EVER HAS TO HAVE A HORSE IN THERE. SO WHY SHOULDN’T HIS RACE BE JUST AS IMPORTANT. ABSOLUTELY. SO GOOD LUCK WITH THE BIG EVENT. IT WILL KICK OFF TODAY AND RUN THROUGH AUGUST 28th.

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