Gulf greyhound park closes after 29 years
Gulf Greyhound Park ceases operations
When Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque opened its doors almost 30 years ago, thousands came out daily to wager on dog racing.
Over the years economics and struggles across the entire paramutual wagering industry saw fewer bettors and a significant drop in wagering revenue.
So, after 29 years of greyhound and simulcast racing, the region's only greyhound race track ceased operations on Tuesday.
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The final decision to close actually came on Friday, but officials informed staff on Tuesday that the operation would cease to operate as a wagering venue, General Manager Sally Briggs confirmed.
The facility will still operate as a special events venue, especially its parking lot that's being leased by some auto dealers to keep inventory and special events including the popular Magical Winter Lights near Christmas, Briggs said.
But the racing and wagering license will be turned back over to the state racing commission by the end of July, she said.
With the decision about 15 people, will be out of work, Briggs said.