A New, $25M Racetrack in Massachusetts? Horse Racing Could Return

The Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Center has been proposed on the east side of Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Worcester County. The project would include a mile dirt track and seven-eighths mile turf track on 223 acres. In-person and online sports betting, restaurants, a community center and athletic fields are being contemplated. The venue is expected to create roughly 100 local jobs.

The construction of a $25 million equine center with horseracing and sports betting has been proposed on the east side of Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The project is being pushed by a team led by longtime racehorse owner and businessman Armand Janjigian.

Called the Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Center, the proposed project would include a mile dirt track and seven-eights mile turf track on 223 acres on Cross and Breakneck roads, reports Telegram & Gazette.

The equine center would bring horse racing and sports betting to the town, in Worcester County, but is also set to include restaurants, a community center, athletic fields, walking and education trails, and conference space. In-person and online sports betting are both being contemplated, as well as…

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