HAMPTON – The Atlanta Motor Speedway will host a public hearing on Thursday held by the Georgia House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Economic Growth.
The meeting will concern a possible constitutional amendment regarding casino gambling, sports betting and horse racing in Georgia.
The meeting will be held at 11 a.m. inside the Marcy Scott Media Center, located in the infield of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place in Hampton.
The meeting is free and open to the public and will include time for public comments.
Those interested in attending the hearing should enter the infield through the main tunnel off Speedway Boulevard and follow signage to the media center parking lot.
The Speedway has expressed interest in constructing a resort and casino should such a constitutional amendment pass the General Assembly and pass at the ballot box in November.
In October, Speedway President Ed Clark stated the facility would be much more than a casino, but rather a full-fledged resort.
“We’re talking a full destination that caters to the entire family, and not just for people to come and gamble,” Clark said. “As a matter of fact, the casino footprint would probably be 10% or less of the square footage of the entire operation.”
Clark said the facility would be a “complete destination resort” with a hotel, condominiums and/or timeshare apartments, as well as retail space, restaurants, amusement rides, a music venue, a water park, karting and other things “that cater to the whole family.”
In order for casino gaming to be legalized in the state, both the Georgia House and Senate must approve, with a two-thirds majority, the measure before it goes to the voters later that year.