|Sam Houston Race Park Grand Re-Opening
Celebration Features Live Racing, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with The Smithereens,
Kentucky Derby Events & More May 1-3
After many months of
remodeling and construction, Sam Houston Race Park will usher in the return
of live racing and live music with an exciting Grand Re-Opening Weekend
Celebration Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2009.
The Park, which was forced to cancel the final weekend of the 2008 American
Quarter Horse meet as well as the entire 2008/2009 Thoroughbred meet due
to damages sustained by the facility as a result of Hurricane Ike, will
debut a variety of new and improved promotions for the summer meet including
Guys Night Out, Value Days, featuring afternoon live racing events and
the Verizon Wireless concert series.
In addition, the 2009 American Quarter Horse meet marks the 15th Anniversary
of The Park, which opened its doors on April 29, 1994, making Sam Houston
Race Park the oldest horse racing establishment in Texas.
“We have been looking forward to bringing live racing and entertainment
events back to Houston for many months,” said Andrea Young, President
and Chief Operating Officer, Sam Houston Race Park. “We are excited
to celebrate 15 years of racing heritage in Texas and are introducing
several new events and promotions to The Park, including our Value Days
every Saturday which includes a new afternoon post time of 1 p.m., a Mother’s
Day ‘Diamond Dig’ event, wiener dog races, and large giveaways
featuring vacations and other upscale prizes all summer long. We are going
to re-open with a bang!”
The weekend will kick off with an evening of live racing and fireworks
on Friday, May 1, with the first 3,000 patrons through the gates receiving
a Coca-Cola magnetic racing schedule for the season. In addition, The
Park will offer advance wagering for the Kentucky Derby.
On Saturday, May 2, The Park will debut “Value Days,” which
will continue every Saturday throughout the summer. Highlighted by a new
1 p.m. Saturday afternoon post time, extended race cards and concert events
immediately following racing, Value Days will provide fans the opportunity
to kick back with friends and family on the Pavilion Trackside Patio all
summer long for as little as $15. Value Days will also include a variety
of free giveaways, carnival rides, a misting area for Houston’s
warmer months, interactive vendor booths and a variety of hot food off
the grill, beers of the world, frozen margaritas and more!
“In this tough economic environment, Houstonians are focused on
getting more value for their dollar when looking for fun things to do
with friends and family,” said Young. “We have created special
value packages available every Saturday from May through August, that
include tickets to live racing and our concert series along with food
and drinks, which may be the best value for your entertainment dollar
in the city!”
The Park will also celebrate the 135th Running of the Kentucky Derby
which will feature exciting simulcast action from Churchill Downs in conjunction
with The Park’s live racing events, marking the first time in years
that The Park has had live racing during the Triple Crown simulcast events.
The day will also feature upscale dining in the Winner’s Circle
Restaurant, Houston’s largest restaurant, along with signature Mint
Juleps and the annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest where contestants compete
for a $500 cash prize!
The party will continue immediately following live racing events with
the first performance in The Park’s Verizon Wireless concert series
at The Showgrounds featuring a performance from legendary 80s rocker Joan
Jett & The Blackhearts with special guests The Smithereens and local
band The Crisis.
As part of Value Saturdays, The Park has created several new packages
for fans that bundle live racing and concert elements at one of the most
affordable entertainment price points of the summer. At just $17.50 per
person, the Value Day Fun 4-Pack includes 4 racing and concert tickets,
2 live racing programs, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for a total savings of
almost $40. For fans that are not interested in the concert, a similar
package is available for just $19 or less than $5 per person.
Stand-alone concert tickets for Joan Jett and other Saturday shows are
$15 with children 12 and under FREE; concert patrons are admitted to The
Park for live racing events the day of the show for FREE. All concerts
are general admission and include a limited number of VIP options. General
admission to The Park starts at $4; $2 for senior citizens and children
12 and under get in FREE everyday of the summer. Season tickets are also
“We have created a casual, festive atmosphere along with a great
value proposition for Houstonians. The Park is one of the best and most
affordable places to spend the afternoon every weekend,” Young stated.
As part of the promotional calendar for the summer meet, The Park will
feature: a National Anthem Singing Contest in April; Mother’s Day
Diamond Dig and Brunch (May 12); Preakness Triple Crown Simulcast Event
(May 16); 15 yr Anniversary Celebration Prize Giveaways (May 31, June
25, July 30 & Aug 20); Belmont Triple Crown Simulcast Event (June
6); Weiner Dog Races (June 13); Wine Tasting (June 25); Dollar Days (May
25 & July 2); July 4th Celebration; and an Epicurean Night (Aug 21).
The Showgrounds 2009 concert season will include performances from:
Fall Out Boy & 50 Cent (April 18); Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
with special guests The Smithereens (May 2); Ghostland Observatory (May
9); Jason Aldean (May 16); The Point Birthday Bash featuring Flock of
Seagulls, When in Rome, Dramarama & Gene Loves Jezebel (May 23); and
Kevin Fowler (May 30).
The Showgrounds will also host festivals including: The New 93Q’s
“A Day in the Country” festival (April 25); Cinco de Mayo
(May 3); Family Funday in The Park; Fiestas Patrias; and Ziegenfest. Additional
performers and dates for the 2009 concert season will be announced soon.
For more information, visit www.theshowgrounds.com.