Fonner Park Horse Racing Track in Nebraska
One of the centres of Nebraska’s thoroughbred horse racing industry since 1954, Fonner Park is a beautiful horse racing venue set amidst a number of great attractions. If you love racing and are planning a trip to Nebraska soon, then Fonner Park would make the perfect addition to your list of things to do. Even if you visit when there are no live races, the track enjoys simulcast coverage of all major thoroughbred racing events nationwide. If you’re going to be around between February and May, you will get to see plenty of live racing action.
Fonner Park is situated off Interstate 80 in the centre of Nebraska, Grand Island. Known as the State’s top entertainment destination, the park hosts a number of events, shows, fairs and more. However, the true heart of the park is the racetrack, which hosts a live thoroughbred racing every year from mid-February to mid-May. During this time the park comes alive and guests can enjoy craft shows, recreational shows and a variety of family activities. Of course, the highlight of the event are the special races such as the Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes which carry a $100,000 purse. Horses and jockeys come from around the country to participate in Nebraska’s richest horse race and thousands more come just for the fun of it. Fonner Park has plenty of free parking, a clubhouse, grandstands, Skyline, Box and Turf Club.
Once your favourite horse has run it’s race, you can also enjoy the facilities at the Fonner Keno Casino and Sports Lounge, ending a perfect day with some gambling and a superb meal. At other times during the year, Fonner Park also hosts a number of horse shows, Antique expos, home expos and agricultural expos as well as the Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Exposition, the hall County Fair and a few REACT Craft Shows.