Las Vegas headquartered gaming facility developer and operator Full House Resorts, has submitted proposals to the New Mexico Racing Commission to construct a new property, in response to the process for the state’s sixth racing licence.
Called La Posada del Llano, the destination resort would feature a luxury hotel, casino, 18-hole golf course, racetrack, premium RV park, water park and five miles of recreational riding trails, on the plains of eastern New Mexico.
Daniel R Lee, president and chief executive officer of Full House Resorts, commented: “We believe that eastern New Mexico has tremendous potential to attract visitors from throughout the area, including from nearby Amarillo, Lubbock, and other parts of western Texas.
“We are proposing to build an entire regional destination resort, entailing much more than just a racetrack and casino. Such a development will produce more jobs, more development, greater tax revenues, and larger horseracing purses, while also becoming a major attraction and amenity for the region.”
Featured amongst the plans, and “setting the racetrack apart,” is a moving grandstand feature that it is hoped will “transform how fans experience live horse races” for its over one hundred guests.
Similar to a tram or streetcar, the proposed moving grandstand would travel at the same speed as the racehorses, circling the one-mile long track and “offering spectators a unique close-up view of the horses for the entirety of the race”.
Lee continued: “In a typical race, spectators in the grandstand only see two brief moments of a race – its start and the closing seconds at the finish line. Our moving grandstand changes that, allowing spectators to race side-by-side with the horses for every dramatic second of the race. By reinventing the viewing experience, we intend to open horse racing to a new generation of fans.
“We wanted to design a facility that the City of Clovis – and really, the entire State of New Mexico – can be proud of.
“La Posada del Llano will attract a broad range of guests – those who enjoy a quality racetrack, those whose interest is piqued by our unique set of amenities, and even those who are interested in family entertainment.”
“We are committed to building a project that will provide a luxury experience and complement the unique historic character of the area,” added Lee. “We believe it will help transform Clovis into a year-round tourist destination.”
Full House currently operates five casino facilities in Mississippi, Colorado, Indiana and Nevada.