Century Casinos Europe GmbH was awarded the right to build a new gaming and horse&#45;racing facility in the Edmonton, Alberta, area. There were four final bids submitted to Horse Racing Alberta to build a facility that will replace Northlands Park, which was slated to close at the end of this year. Century currently owns and operates Century Downs, a gaming and horse&#45;racing facility in Balzac, a suburb of Calgary.It is possible that Northlands will remain open until the new track is completed, according to Shirley McClellan, chief executive of Horse Racing Alberta, the not&#45;for&#45;profit corporation that regulates racing in Alberta.&ldquo;We are in discussions with the management of Northlands and the city of Edmonton to keep the track open,&rdquo; McClellan said. &ldquo;The new facility will bring the stability that is needed in the industry. Century met all the qualifying criteria, and they have experience in gaming and horse racing.&rdquo;The new track will be called Century Mile and will be built near Edmonton International Airport, which is about 19 miles from downtown Edmonton. It will be the first one&#45;mile track in Western Canada and will have the ability to house 1,100 slot machines. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited about moving forward with the project,&rdquo; said Paul Ryneveld, general manager of Century Downs.Thoroughbreds have yet to race at Century Downs, but Ryneveld sees a split season when the facility is completed. &ldquo;The plan is to have both breeds running at both tracks,&rdquo; Ryneveld said. &ldquo;We will also have room to build a turf course at Century Mile. Realistically, we could be running by the third quarter of 2018.&rdquo;Trainer Rod Cone, who is on the board of the Horsemen&rsquo;s Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta, is looking forward to racing at the new track. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a positive move, and it will be pretty exciting racing on a mile track,&rdquo; Cone said. &ldquo;It will also be a big plus getting back into the Calgary area.&rdquo;Thoroughbreds haven&rsquo;t raced in Calgary since 2008.