Arlington Opens to Public Preview: Fans Invited for Initial Visit to New Look Park during Open House Sunday, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-17


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Arlington Opens To Public Preview Fans Invited for Initial Visit to New Look Park During Open House Sunday The publics first look at the "new look" Arlington Park will be staged this Sunday during an open house preview of the northwest suburban racing plant. Arlington Park officers and directors today issued a general invitation to the public to visit the massive track which begins its 1954 racing season a week from today, Thursday, June 24. Only a handful of "outsiders" have seen Arlingtons new interiors and vast escalator system since the track started its extensive improvements last fall. All changes and refinements, now completed, have been aimed directly at the publics comfort and convenience. Vast Improvement Program Arlington and its twin track, Washington Park, have expended over ,300,000 to remodel, redecorate and completely modernize both plants and to install a total of 23 escalators 16 at Arlington, seven at Washington Park, the largest escalator system in sports. Between 2 p. m. and 5 p. m., Sunday, visitors will witness completely new facilities from first floor to top floor, all designed by architect Benjamin H. Stein. They include new mutuels, new terraced seat-steps, new lighting, new floors and a colorful decorative decor throughout. The 16 Arlington escalators will start moving patrons from the grandstand train entrance and clubhouse auto gate to the first floor, then up to every level of the massive stands. Other units serve the grandstand and clubhouse paddock areas. Also among Sundays guests at Arlington will be members of the press, television and radio, plus racing dignitaries and prominent local and state government and business executives, among others.

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