06/28/2002 12:00AM

Lone Star gets $2.9M for Cup


Lone Star Park near Dallas was granted $2.9 million for capital improvements for the Breeders' Cup from the City of Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corp., on Friday. The track has been selected as a conditional host for the Breeders' Cup in 2005, but could be called upon to house the event as early as 2004.

The funds will be used to expand Lone Star's existing seating capacity of about 10,000 to 50,000. The money will also be used to make improvements to the stable area.

In addition to the $2.9 million grant Lone Star is eligible to receive up to $2 million from the state of Texas for Breeders' Cup improvements as part of legislation that was passed in 2001.