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Tioga Downs Breaks Ground on Indoor Parking Garage

Following on the heels of a noisy and splashy announcement last week of casino plans at Traditions at the Glen, Tioga Downs in Nichols held its own media event.
Following on the heels of a noisy and splashy announcement last week of casino plans at Traditions at the Glen, Tioga Downs in Nichols held its own media event.

Chairman and CEO Jeff Gural and supporters held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new three story parking complex that will connect to the seven and a half year-old racino. Gural had promised to start construction on the ramp if voters passed Proposition 1, as they did on Election Day. But Gural says he can only afford to follow through on the remainder of his $90 million expansion plan, including a hotel and conference center, if he's awarded a full-fledged casino license. He says the region does not have enough money or people to support gambling at Traditions and Tioga Downs.

"There is no way that we can co-exist. At some point, the state is going to have to decide, do they want one successful casino or two unsuccessful casinos. Because, I guarantee you, the numbers are just not there," said Gural.

Following the groundbreaking, Tioga Downs made some noise of its own, setting off a barrage of fireworks. The passage of Prop. 1 will lead to the awarding of four casino licenses in three Upstate regions: the Southern Tier, the Capital District and the Catskills.
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