Hotel, entertainment would add to experience
The new plans will keep familiar elements.
“We’ll still have the racetrack, still have the clubhouse, the stands and everything,” he said. “That’s part of the uniqueness of Rockingham Park.”
The hotel, which would include a spa, would be six floors and have 600 rooms, but could be expanded. Wortman said the idea behind the hotel is to make the facility more of a destination for the estimated 4 million to 5 million people Millennium expects to attract every year.
A proposed entertainment venue would be limited to between 1,000 and 1,500 seats, he said.
It is a tenth the size of the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
“We won’t compete with the Verizon center in Manchester,” he said.
That would put it in the middle of New Hampshire venues, much smaller than the arena, but as much as twice as large as local theaters.
“That’s the kind of thing we’ve done elsewhere,” Wortman said. “We think that works well with what we do.”
Responding to competition concerns raised by some small theaters in the state, Wortman said the venue is intended for the entertainment of people who come to visit the casino.
“Those are the people who are going to want to see our shows,” he said.
The intent of the entertainment venue is to complement the other amenities for casino customers, Millennium spokesman Rich Killion said.
He said the size of the facility means it wouldn’t compete with larger venues like the Verizon Arena or TD Garden, nor would it compete with smaller community venues.
“Basically, it’s to provide amenities to people who come. As they come back over time, entertainment is something people always want,” Killion said. “We also heard about it in February at the Town Hall meeting.”