Hollywood Casino gears up for Kansas Speedway’s first night races

Chefs and staff at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway have created a full weekend of activities for race goers as well as those looking for an exciting way to celebrate gaming, racing, food and nightlife throughout the venues at Hollywood Casino.

Kansas Speedway will hold its first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on May 10. In addition, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run under the lights the evening before for the first time on Friday, May 9. Festivities are planned throughout the weekend at Hollywood Casino to coincide with the races debut.

“We’ve scheduled a variety of specials, restaurant events and parties that will appeal to race goers, casino guests and local Kansas Citians alike. Many people during a race weekend might be curious about the fanfare or race goers may be looking for a great after-party. We’ve got something for everyone,” said Dean Doria, vice president of marketing.

Hollywood Casino race weekend events:
Thursday, May 8

Brad Keselowski, NASCAR driver meet and greet at Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant, Hollywood Casino.

The public is invited to Turn 2 Sports Bar between 7:30 and 9 p.m. to mix and mingle with NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski, who will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. He is the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Car.

Turn 2 is inside Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan. The bar and restaurant is situated along the second turn of Kansas Speedway. Guests access the bar/restaurant from the escalator off the casino floor, and it offers sweeping views and a balcony of the entire Kansas Speedway. The sports-themed restaurant features dozens of TVs, a lounge setting, and a superior casual menu. Guests must be 21 to enter the casino.

Friday, May 9

Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant will be open during the day for viewing of the time trials and driver’s practice runs.

Marquee Cafe, a casual contemporary cafe featuring traditional American favorites, will be open until 11 p.m. Friday for late night dining following the race.

Final Cut Steakhouse, located just off the casino floor at Hollywood Casino, is the fine dining steakhouse restaurant with an intimate, romantic, upscale ambiance and spectacular views of Kansas Speedway. Open until 11 p.m. on Friday.

Saturday, May 10

Following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, the band, Outlaw Junkies, will take the stage for an after party on the patio overlooking the Speedway. This is the first time the patio has been open to the public during race weekend. Drinks will be for sale on the patio and food will be served until 1 a.m. inside Turn 2 Sports Bar. (The post-race patio party is subject to weather cancellation)

Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day)

Moms love racing and gaming too. The Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino offers a buffet on May 11, Mother’s Day, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.  The cost of the buffet is $32.99. Those 21 and older can enjoy such dishes as snow crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, baked salmon filets, orange glazed baked ham, country fried chicken, barbecue ribs, sushi and other items including desserts such as New York style cheesecake, chocolate torte and flan.

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which opened in February 2012, is located at 777 Hollywood Casino Blvd., near Kansas Turnpike I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kan.

Town hall meeting planned May 8 on KCK downtown Healthy Campus

Mayor Mark Holland is inviting the public to a town hall meeting Thursday, May 8, to introduce the new Downtown “Healthy Campus” development.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

The site being reviewed is near Big 11 Lake at the intersection of 10th Street and State Avenue, where planning has begun for a new grocery store and community center. Gould Evans Architects has been hired to develop an Implementation Plan for the project. Members of the community will have the opportunity Thursday night to speak with the consultants and offer ideas to be considered in the planning process.

“The Healthy Campus will not only help us meet the basic nutritional and exercise needs of our downtown residents, but also represents more than $30 million of economic development in a location that has a strong need for investment and growth,” Holland said. “My hope is that this development will serve as a national model for healthy living in an urban area.”

Mayor Holland and Gould Evans Architects will open the Town Hall before attendees break in to small groups for facilitator-led brainstorming and discussion. Also on the agenda is a special presentation from the Wyandotte Health Foundation.

Those unable to attend may view the meeting live on UGTV (Time Warner Channel 2, Google Fiber Channel 141 and WOW Channel 25) and it will also be posted on the Unified Government’s YouTube channel the following week.

–    Story from Mayor Mark Holland’s office