Live Horse Racing at Lincoln Course Ends
Simulcast Racing To Cease In 2013
Lincoln, NE - Another live horse racing venue has ended its run in Nebraska. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Lincoln, NE - Another live horse racing venue has ended its run in Nebraska.
Seventeen years after Aksarben closed its gates in Omaha, the Lincoln Race Course will also stop live horse racing. After more than 75 years of thrilling and entertaining generations of fans, some are describing this as a bittersweet day.
"A lot of memories of losing money," described Jeff Spaulding. "That's not what it's about though. It's about coming out here and having fun."
The sights, the sounds and the enthusiasm all gets replaced after Sunday. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will now get started on transforming the facility into a new innovation and technology campus. Something that has several horse racing fans up in arms. After all, this was like a second home to them filled with memories.
"It's a family thing that we've been doing for so long," said Barb Kadavy. "It's sad to see it go."
Simulcast racing on the other hand will still exist at the track through August of next year. After that, it's full speed ahead for UNL and its plans to get going on that new technology campus.