The owners of the racetrack said they hoped to sell the land to a promoter and transfer the racing license to another location in Illinois.
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“It was a sad day in Arlington Heights when the news finally broke,” said Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas Hayes. “I certainly think it was a business fatality for Churchill Downs that they were going to put the track up for sale at some point.”
Hayes told the Daily Herald there are a number of potential redevelopment options for the facility that fall under the “mixed use” rubric.
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Some of the ideas range from a new stadium for the Chicago Bears to a Ravinia-style concert hall.
Right now, the owners of the track in the northwest suburbs have said they are committed to holding the 2021 racing season as planned.
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