Structural Issues in Grandstand Force Great Falls Turf Club to Relocate Wagering Windows

A portable facility will be in place at the Montana track this summer.

Great Falls Tribune

Structural issues in the grandstand at Montana ExpoPark is forcing the Great Falls Turf Club to relocate its betting windows.

Cascade County (Montana) officials have said that engineers have determined that it's no longer safe for anyone to be underneath the grandstand at Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls.

Concrete fragments are falling from the ceiling beneath the facility, which gets plenty of use during the popular State Fair race meet and Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup.

"Let me be clear, it is safe for spectators to sit in the grandstand," said Cascade County chairperson Jane Weber in a news release. "However, it would be unconscionable for the commissioners to expose patrons standing beneath the grandstands to potential injuries from concrete fragments."

As a result, the Great Falls Turf Club plans to convert two 40-foot recycled railroad boxcars into portable betting stations. The club will conduct six days of racing this summer: July 15, 21-22, and 27-28-29.

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