Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
ARLINGTON PARK TRANSITION TO UNITED TOTE COMPLETE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 6, 2012) – After six months of meticulous planning, all 11 Illinois Trackside locations as well as Mr. D.’s Sports Bar in the Arlington Park grandstand unveiled state of the art wagering terminals which provide customers the very latest in wagering technology from United Tote. The successful conversion took place in the overnight hours of Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The conversion involved installing 300 United Tote F4 terminals, which offer customers the latest in tote technology, across the Arlington Park wagering network, which stretches from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan and from Interstate 80 to the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Approximately 30 people were deployed to the 11 locations to assist in the conversion.
“We were excited to work with Arlington Park, one of our sister companies, on the conversion to United Tote technology at the racetrack and at Arlington’s 11 OTBs,” United Tote President Ben Murr said. “The transition was seamless for Arlington’s customers and support staff, and we’ve already received positive feedback on the new wagering terminals. The installation was the culmination of six months’ planning as well as the dedication of dozens of United Tote employees who worked long hours to ensure the successful conversion to our systems. We look forward to serving Arlington Park and its customers for years to come.”
To ensure that our customers are receiving the proper payoffs for their winning wagers, Arlington’s mutuel department will be manually double checking results of the first few races as each new track comes online.
The rest of Arlington Park’s grandstand building will be converted to United Tote before the track opens for its 90-day meet on Friday, May 4, at which time Arlington Park will unveil its FastBet Mobile wagering platform which will allow customers to make bets from their smart phone or tablet from wherever they are within the facility.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.