TIMONIUM OFF TRACK BETTING CENTER
The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc.is an economic driver in the Greater Timonium Community, and has the opportunity to refurbish the existing dining room and off track wagering facility with an Off Track Betting Center serving as an accessory for survival. We are not a slots, casino or gaming center.
Throughout its rich and deep history in Timonium, the Maryland State Fairgrounds has been and continues to be a good and loyal community neighbor and friend, often times rising to community service needs and support.
The 106-acre Maryland State Fairgrounds, a private, non-profit 501c3 organization, is an event destination. It’s a business. We want to be here. We want to stay here. We want you to embrace us and to support us so that together we can build a stronger Greater Timonium with jobs, with business support, with tourism … and most of all, with a long lasting future.
TIMONIUM OTB CENTER
♦ Simulcast Off Track Wagering Center is located on the second concourse of the historic Maryland State Fairgrounds Grandstand
♦ Off track wagering has been a part of The Maryland State Fair since the 1980’s; property is duly zoned for Off Track Betting on a year-round basis
♦ Facility will help grow awareness and support for the horse industry in Maryland
♦ Only simulcast horse wagering offered
♦ Daily light fare: food and beverage
♦ On-site trained security; well-lit parking areas
WHO SUPPORTS OFF TRACK WAGERING AT TIMONIUM?
♦ 1000 shareholders of the non-profit Maryland State Fair
♦ Many of the owners of the 20,000 acres in Baltimore County devoted to the horse industry
♦ The 6000 members Baltimore County Farm Bureau
♦ The 3000 members of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
♦ The 400 members Maryland Horse Breeders Association
♦ The 28,340 Maryland citizens whose livelihoods depend in part on the revenues generated by racing.
THE TIMONIUM OFF TRACK BETTING CENTER WILL:
♦ Help reduce the income tax burden on Baltimore County residents
♦ Create new jobs
♦ Help the Maryland State Fair survive at its Timonium location
♦ Help Maryland compete with phone betting (allowed statewide) which siphons off added fees from off track wagering
♦ Help keep the horse auctions at Timonium which resulted in $60,000,000.00 in sales last year benefitting surrounding businesses and our local agricultural community
♦ Directly benefit Baltimore County’s economy by on-site sales of locally produced food products
DID YOU KNOW?
♦ The Maryland State Fairgrounds & Agricultural Society Inc. is a private, non-profit 501c3 organization
♦ The Maryland State Fair voluntarily agreed to downzoning its allowable ordinances to restrict slots and casino operations from being a permissible use
♦ Maryland Constitution and the Mercantile Exposition Overlay District zoning prohibit slot machines at Timonium.
♦ As part of the Greater Timonium area, The Maryland State Fairgrounds makes available its facilities without charge to: law enforcement/fire; training/staging exercises/benefits; gas and electric utility; emergency staging; agricultural events; youth sports practices; community meetings
♦ Like Maryland’s horse industry, The Maryland State Fair is a viable economic engine to the local economy
♦ The Maryland State Fair may be forced to relocate its operations should continual limits be imposed on viable/sustainable growth opportunities.