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Phoenix Trotting Abandoned Horse Races

Goodyear, Arizona USA

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“An abandoned race track in the middle of nowhere”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. The Phoenix Trotting Park, a horse racing track, was originally built in 1964 in Goodyear, Arizona. It opened in 1965 and was run for about two and a half seasons. The large, futuristically designed structure gave an optimistic look for the 1960s. Originally planned to be built for a cost of about $3 million, the facility ended up costing around $10 million. Various incentives during the events that were held, such as free parking and admission did initially lead to decent attendance. However, a variety of factors led to the inevitable closing of the track. The hot weather of the desert caused events to be uncomfortable to attendees. The location provided limited means to control rain, leading to floods that caused accessibility problems. The park is also located about 20 miles outside of Phoenix and was built long before any major roads made the area easily accessible to those in the city or its suburbs. The main building of the park was used in the 1998 Charlie/Martin Sheen movie No Code of Conduct. Part of the feature involved a large explosion occurring at the track.

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Reviewed by
babya84

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August 30, 2018
Rated 1.0

This place has been knocked down. It stood for many years and was really cool to see when it was there. But unfortunately the building was demolished.

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Stavros Mitchelides

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November 14, 2017

Demolished last week: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley/2017/05/20/iconic-phoenix-trotting-park-along-interstate-10-goodyear-demolition/332552001/

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Phoenix Trotting Abandoned Horse Races

Goodyear, Arizona
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