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Northfield Park Race Track

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Northfield Park, located southeast of Cleveland, offers live year-round harness racing. The facility, built in 1934, features a half-mile track with a 440' stretch. Admission and parking are free Sunday through Thursday.

History:

The first facility at Northfield Park was built in 1934 and called "Sportsman's Park." That facility was used for greyhound and car racing. In 1956, the current facilities were built and the park switched permanently to harness racing, becoming one of the nation's premier harness racing tracks.

Live Racing at Northfield Park:

Northfield Park offers live harness racing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the first post at 7pm. The half-mile track is best known for its "Battle of Lake Erie," held each April. The race, with a $150,000 purse, draws more than 10,000 spectators annually.

Simulcast Racing:

In addition to live racing, Northfield Park offers a series of Simulcast races every day, including races from Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, and throughout the United States. The track also broadcasts well-known faces, such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. Admission is free all-day on non-live race days and until 6pm on live race days.

Dining at Northfield Park:

The Clubhouse at Northfield Park is open every live racing day. The restaurant offers a full menu plus weekend buffets. Menu items include steaks and seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and the restaurant's signature dessert, their "Candy Bar Explosion Cake." A children's menu is also available. Call 330 467-4101x290 for reservations. There is a $9.00 per person minimum purchase required.

Groups and Catered Events:

The Clubhouse at Northfield Park is a fun and exciting place to host a party or other catered function. The facility can accommodate groups of 15 to 1000 people, with packages starting at $16.25 per person. Call 330 467-1807 for details.

The Northfield Park Microbrewery:

The Northfield Park Microbrewery closed in 2007.

Hours and Admission:

The gates at Northfield Park open at 11am on simulcast days and at 2pm on live racing days. General Admission and parking are free Sunday through Thursday. Grandstand admission is $1.75 on Friday and Saturday. Clubhouse admission is $1.25 Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and $3 on Friday and Saturday. Clubhouse admission is free on Tuesday.

Parking is free Sunday through Thursday and on Friday and Saturday until 5pm. Parking is $1 on Fridays and Saturdays after 5pm.

Contact Information:

Northfield Park
10705 Northfield Rd.
Northfield, OH 44067
330 467-4101

(Last updated 2-26-08)

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