Oaklawn Jockey Club Grandstand Expansion

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Date Completed: 01/31/2010
Developer/Owner: Oaklawn Jockey Club

This expansion and renovation project transformed Oaklawn Jockey Club into an entertainment destination for both racing fans and gaming patrons. The first phase involved a new entry lobby and back-of-the-house maintenance and operations on the lower level and new gaming and kitchen areas on the casino level. Phase II included administrative and operations offices in the basement and new gaming and buffet dining on the ground gaming floor. The approximate 29,000 square foot casino space houses 950 electronic games of skill, eight electronic blackjack tables and four electric poker tables. One challenge the team faced was successfully accommodating the physical and infrastructural differences of combining the racing and gaming facilities into a single structure while working to respect the club’s historic character, having originally opened in 1905.  An experienced team was critical to the project’s success, stated Louis Cella, owner of Oaklawn Jockey Club. “The most important contribution from all parties was good communication,” said Cella. “The architect, contractor, construction manager and staff were encouraged to call a timeout whenever something did not seem correct. This saved both time and money.”