Lone Star Park
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, the newest racetrack in the state of Texas, is located midway between Dallas and Fort Worth on 315 acres and was built in 1997. More than 700,000 guests visit the major league sports attraction each year, many betting to win it big but all guaranteed an unforgettable time.
The statistics of the venue itself are as impressive as those of the horses that grace the track: The venue features a seven-level glass-enclosed grandstand with a 1,200-seat dining room and 48 penthouse suites, all overlooking the racetrack. Patrons can also watch the races from outdoor areas, which include stadium-style and bench seating. Lone Star Park’s audio-visual system includes 1,500 television monitors and a Daktronics display in the infield. A 36,000-square-foot gaming parlor is situated next to the grandstand, along with a simulcast facility that features wagering on horse racing from around the world daily, year-round. Lone Star Park has 32 barns that can accommodate up to 1,600 horses and includes a receiving building, hold and test barn, maintenance barn and an administrative building. The racetrack consists of a one-mile dirt oval as well as a 7/8-mile oval turf course, both 90 feet wide with six degree banking on turns.
For anyone who thinks a racetrack is just dirt, think again. The dirt track is built on 6 inches of cement stabilization with a 6-inch layer of limestone base, followed by 5 inches of compacted loam cushion and topped off with 5 inches of sandy loam cushion. The turf track begins with the 6 inches of cement stabilization, followed by 5 inches of limestone base, then 6 inches of sandy loam growing medium that is then topped off with turf--more specifically, “Bermuda 419.”
Lone Star Park features two exciting racing seasons annually but the heart of the season is Thoroughbred Racing, which runs during the Triple Crown season and includes a full schedule of races, entertainment and fun for the entire family. The 2021 season began April 22, and will celebrate the final race on July 10. Lone Star Park also hosts a Fall Meeting of Champions, which features American Quarter horses.
In 2004, Lone Star Park was host to the prestigious Breeders’ Cup. Each racing season culminates with the Breeders’ Cup World Championship, where the world’s greatest horses, jockeys, trainers and owners from around the world come together to crown champions.
Lone Star Park brings world-class horse racing to the area as well as exciting and unique entertainment. The venue is also available year-round for weddings, social celebrations, charity galas, corporate meetings and even trade shows and expos. With 1.8 million square feet of outdoor event space, it’s a great destination for festivals, concerts, fundraisers or exhibitions for up to 20,000. During live seasons, guests can even host a Party with the Ponies for 20 to 2,000 people.