Lone Star Park's simulcast building goes toe-to-toe with sports bars

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 5 at 4:49 AM

GRAND PRAIRIE - Lone Star Park wants to move to the front of the sports-bar pack.

"In the past people would come out here and it was only horse racing," said spokesman Brian Pochman. "Now you can come out here and you don't have to worry about missing the Cowboys or the Rangers."

The massive simulcast building next to the grandstands has been completely renovated, with new terminals, walls of high-definition TV's, a VIP lounge and upscale bar.

Since Global Gaming Solutions bought the track last year, it's pumped well over a million dollars into upgrades.

"This is awesome," said customer Don Brogdon. "I mean awesome."

Brogdon has been coming to Lone Star for about eight years.

"I've been to a number of [gambling facilities,]" Brogdon said. "This is the nicest I've been to."

Unlike tracks in neighboring states, Lone Star Park does not also have the lure of casino gambling. It has struggled for years.

So track owners hope to reach out to all sports fans who want a high-tech sports bar, with a little added kick.

"It's the only bar in the metroplex where you can come in and actually sit at the bar, and drink a beer and bet a horse race, if you want," Pochman said.

And if you're looking for a tip, look up Don Brogdon. We asked him if he was winning or losing Wednesday.

"Right now I'm even," he said. "So that's winning."

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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