A full panoply of the state’s dignitaries and hundreds of guests were witness to the gala opening of the new amenities at Tioga Downs. According to the casino’s press release, a new hotel boasts 161 rooms and spans six floors. The rooms and suites are polished and modern, complete with real wooden furniture from Jacob & Levi’s out of Sugarcreek, Ohio. The hotel also includes a new events center that can accommodate up to 400 guests for special occasions such as weddings and banquets.
The new amenities at Tioga Downs includes a full-service spa, a fitness center, two rooftop decks, an events center with banquet and reception areas that can accommodate up to 400 people, and a P.J. Clarke’s restaurant.
Three swimming areas include an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a water slide. Additionally, there will be a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga Country Club golf course, which includes a new dining location, pro shop, locker rooms and spacious banquet area for those looking to host special occasions at the club.
In its new avatar, Tioga Downs–that had its origins as a quarterhorse track known as “Tioga Park” in 1976–will cater to a demographic that spans ages and interests. It is now positioned as a resort, and a destination for weddings, parties and conferences.
Given its premier position in the area, Tioga Downs sees itself as a leader of neighborhood tourism. “The opening of the Tioga Downs Resort and Casino raises the bar for tourism in the Southern Tier,” Lt Governor Hochul said, “The Governor’s “Southern Tier Soaring” strategy is about revitalizing this area of the state, and projects like this are making it a reality by providing hundreds of jobs and generating revenue for local governments and our schools.”
The project started in over a year ago, in September 2016, shortly after Tioga Downs was awarded a full gaming license. These new additions will create hundreds of new jobs, bringing the total number of Tioga Downs employees to about 700.