02/01/2013 1:11PM

Meadowlands: Looking at the new grandstand


Like many others I am eagerly awaiting the opening of the New Meadowlands grandstand being built on the current backstretch of the track. Currently scheduled to open in November of this year, the new facility will feature some first-rate amenities and great sight lines for viewing the action.

At a recent press conference the track put on display the projected sketches for each of the four levels of the new plant. You can view them on our facebook page (make sure to like the page to stay up to date on new pictures and news items) or simply read on for some brief details.

Looking at the ground floor, in addition to the usual concession stands and simulcast rooms that you would see at most racetracks, the new building will have a state-of-the-art Sports Bar and lounge with seating for dining as well. There will also be a food court where patrons can grab a quick meal of their choice rather than the usual hot dog and fries option offered at many tracks.

The highlight of the second floor, which features plentiful outdoor seating and areas to wager, is bound to be the Owner’s Club. This posh room features upscale nuances for owners and VIP guests that would rival a luxury box at a major sporting event. It even has outdoor seating to watch the action.

Up one level you will find a trackside restaurant similar to the current Terraces. There are VIP rooms for those looking for a special private wagering experience or gathering. If I’m reading the plans correctly, they call for a nice bar which will overlook the second floor below.

Perhaps my favorite part of the new building and the spot you are most likely to find me (well, the press box is up there) is the fourth floor. In addition to the behind-the-scenes rooms for the announcer, charter and judges, a covered outdoor terrace bar area will give fans the opportunity to hang out with friends, enjoy a beer and still get a birds-eye view of all the racing action.

While the new building may not be the savior for racing at the Meadowlands for decades to come, it will provide a state-of-the-art entertainment option for those who previously would never had considered the possibility of a night out at the track. The building will be the lure for new customers. Then the onus is on the staff and product to keep them coming back for more.

Looking at the ABC Conditions

The following stats were sent to me (I cannot guarantee the accuracy) on the ABC condition races from 2013 at the Meadowlands through January 30.

So far 81 ABC races have been carded producing only 23 winning favorites (under 29%). The average win price in those races is $16.40.