The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Entertainment

November 22, 2013

Hoosier Park sets a new stage for concerts

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

— The racing entrance now has the Club Centaur and programs desk more accessible. Shelby’s Gifts has also nearly doubled in size.

— Due to changes in Indiana’s smoking law, the Terrace, showroom and grandstand seating are no longer available to patrons under the age of 18; there are designated family entrances.

— Wagering carrels have been updated on the north end of the grandstand and equipped with touch-screen e-terminals.

— The Prime Harvest Buffet has been renovated with a garden theme.

By doubling the seating capacity, Hoosier Park should draw in larger acts, Erpenbach noted. Due to the previous size of the venue, musicians often performed two shows to make it worth their while. Now, performers who prefer doing one show may be lured to the site, she said.

However, some supporting columns still remain. Those blocking views of the stage are to be designated to ticket buyers when they buy online or at Shelby’s Gifts.

So far, the new stage has been used three times, including a trial run concert by The Wright Brothers, a fashion show and a chamber breakfast.

More plans are also in the works, Erpenbach said.

Among them:

— A bar that features Indiana beers and wines.

— Since Hoosier Park no longer offers thoroughbred racing, the paddock will be converted into offices and a top floor of the grandstand will be used for special events.

— Renovations to the back side of the track including a lounge and recreation area for drivers and additional amenities for groomers and trainers.

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