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MGM Northfield Park

MGM Northfield Park is a racino in Northfield, Ohio, United States. It opened in 1957, at Northfield Rd.

History of MGM Northfield Park

1934 –The Northfield Park racetrack was originally known as Sportsman Park, first intended for greyhound racing. However, when the plan failed, ownership changed, and the focus became midget car racing.

1956 –Sportsman Park was demolished under the leadership of Carl Milstein.

1957 – Northfield was reconstructed and opened on August 23, 1957, by Grandview’s owner, the late Walter J. Michael. 

1959 – It acquired the Grandview events and the 84-acre property after a fire destroyed its grandstand and clubhouse in 1959 and utilized its remaining facilities for training and stabling.

1972 – the racetrack was again purchased by investors, including Carl Milstein, Robert Stakich, and George Steinbrenner.

1974 – Michael continued to operate the meets until 1974, when he sold the Northfield meet to Cleveland lawyer William Snyder, Dr. Vic Ippolito, and others.

1976 – They expanded its season into winter, racing over 200 days. However, the track continued to lose money in the 1970s. Hence, the operators purchased the Painesville meet from Homer Marshman to take control of all the harness racing meets in 1981.

1983 to 1984 – Unfortunately, it still lost 1 million dollars in 1983. After the racing industry received a $12.4 million tax break from the state legislature in 1984, track owner Milstein evicted the meet operators, claiming they were in arrears on lease payments and other bills. The Ohio Racing Commission gave Milstein the racing dates for the new season, who promptly added Sunday racing to the winter season and made other improvements designed to increase business.

1985 – Northfield commenced year-round racing.

1986 – The track’s feature race, “The Battle of Lake Erie”, was inaugurated and has enticed the top horses and drivers to the Southeast Ohio oval.

1999 – Milstein passed away in the fall of 1999, and his son, Brock, took over the operation of the track.

2002 – Myron Charna became Northfield Park’s president.

2008 –Northfield Park built the Trackside Lounge in the spring of 2008.

2009 – By early 2009, the Ohio Legislature initiated legislation allowing the state’s seven tracks to install 2,000 slot machines under the guidelines developed by the Ohio State Racing Commission. Then in July 2009, slot machines were approved and installed at Northfield Park pending the approval of Governor John Kasich.

2013 – The track’s casino was renamed Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, adjacent to the track, and was opened on December 18, 2013, with 2,300 video lottery terminals.

2018 –MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment. Hard Rock continues to handle the facility but is under a management agreement with the new owners. 

2019 – The dominant stockholder of MGM Growth, MGM Resorts International, purchased Rocksino’s operating business on April 1, 2019. It assumed management from Hard Rock and rebranded the property as MGM Northfield Park. 

2022 – The Vici Properties obtained the MGM Growth and Northfield Park and is currently operated by MGM Resorts International.

Nickname of the MGM Northfield Park

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The racetrack is renowned as one of Cleveland’s best sports and entertainment places and the only racetrack with a microbrewery. The track’s known nickname is “The Home of the Flying Turns”, while its motto is “Every nineteen minutes, the place goes crazy”.

Track Details and other Facilities​

MGM Northfield Park is a racino, a horse racing venue with a casino.

Track Details

  • 🐴Track Size – a half-mile oval
  • 🐴Capacity – 16,000. 
  • 🐴Length of homestretch –  440 ft., an open stretch with a Eurorail pylon configuration. 
  • 🐴Width of Homestretch – 80ft
  • 🐴Starters Behind Gate – eight (8)
  • 🐴Grandstand – glass enclosed that can accommodate 4,300 seated guests, 
  • 🐴Clubhouse –  capacity is 1,500. 
  • 🐴Parking area – fits 6,000 cars 
  • 🐴Stables – capacitate over 800 horses. 

Other Facilities

  • 🐴More than 2,300 gaming devices in the casino
  • 🐴Hosts live music and comedy events
  • 🐴A retail shop
  • 🐴State-of-the-art gas service station and car wash
  • 🐴Trackside Lounge
    • A Sports Bar
    • Offers three-dozen flat-screen television monitors, private seating areas, full bar service, and a snack.
    • It broadcasts major sporting events such as Guardians, Cavaliers and Browns games, March Madness, the World Series, Super Bowl, NASCAR, etc. 
    • The space is open whenever the track is open.
    • The bar opens at 6 PM on live race nights and special events. 
  • 🐴Trackside Patio
    • Adjacent to the sports bar
    • An outdoor smoking-accommodation 
    • It offers patio-table seats with umbrella-equipped tables
  • 🐴Dinings
    • In/Out Concessions
    • Lady Luck’s Restaurant

Major Events and Schedule

Major Events

  • Battle for Lake Erie
  • Miller Lite Cleveland Classic
    • For three-year-old pacing colts
  • Courageous Lady
    • For 3-year-old pacing fillies

Races Schedule

Location and Access to the Racecourse

Northfield Park racing is situated 15 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on Route 8 (Northfield Road), off the Forbes Road exit of I-271. It is mid-way between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, in Northfield, Ohio, U.S.A.

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