WINNEBAGO, Neb. (KCAU) – WarHorse Gaming, LLC, a division of Ho-Chunk Inc., announced plans to build a five-stadium racecourse and eventual playground in Norfolk.

According to a notice, the facility would be located in the current DeVent Center.

“Norfolk has a long track record of supporting horse racing but is not served with a track in the community. We hope to bring the excitement, entertainment and significant economic development that comes with full development of the site, ”said Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the parent company of WarHorse Gaming, LLC.

On July 16, representatives from WarHorse Gaming will appear before the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission to officially apply for a racing license before the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new track and redesign of the current structures.

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WarHorse Norfolk is expected to contribute approximately $ 2.1 million in annual tax revenue to Norfolk and Madison Counties and employ approximately 250 people. With plans for nearly 500 playgrounds and a sportsbook, the state property tax relief fund from the future Norfolk casino could see an annual increase of up to $ 8.4 million.

In addition to the planned facility in Norfolk, WarHorse Gaming, LLC will be responsible for casino management and gaming operations in South Sioux City, Lincoln Race Course and Horsemen’s Park in Omaha.

WarHorse Gaming expects construction work on the track and facility to begin this year and full operations to begin in spring 2022.