W. Memphis race track to expand casino operation

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – Southland Park in West Memphis is starting work on a $37 million expansion that will give the greyhound track an expanded casino-style gambling area and a new exterior appearance.

Southland President and General Manager Troy Keeping said Friday that the track is in the final stage of negotiating with a branded restaurant and sports bar that will also open at the facility. The name will be announced later.

The expansion will add 41,000 square feet to make room for 500 new gaming machines, which will give the facility a capacity for nearly 2,000 games.

Keeping says that if construction goes according to schedule, the expanded area will open by the end of 2014.

Included is an expansion of Southland’s valet parking so patrons can get their cars faster.