Yonkers Raceway, founded in 1899 as the Empire City Racetrack, is a one-half-mile standard bred harness racing dirt track and slots racino. One of Yonkers’ city landmarks, the raceway was opened by William H. Clark’s Empire City Trotting Club. Many famous thoroughbreds have raced there, including Seabiscuit, whose unexpected successes made him a media sensation during the Great Depression, and inspired a best-selling book and Academy Award-nominated film in 2003.
In 2006, Yonkers Raceway debuted a $225 million renovation and rebranding as the Empire City Casino, designed by Ewing Cole and adding 7,500 high-tech slot machines. In January 2013, a $50 million expansion designed by Studio V Architecture was completed adding 66,000 square feet to the casino. The casino is now the largest private employer in Yonkers.
UBS provided shoring and access scaffold to Yonkers Raceway during the Casino Installation.
The Empire City Casino and Raceway were recently sold to MGM Resorts.