Mayor Pugh comments on Pimlico upgrade funding

Posted at 8:33 AM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 08:39:09-05

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh commented on funding for $320 million in upgrades needed at Pimlico Race Course.

A new study administered by the Maryland Stadium Authority shows that renovations are needed for the track's clubhouse, grandstand and stable area.

New parking is also needed to make sure Pimlico remains a suitable place for the Preakness Stakes. Failure to improve the course could end in the Preakness leaving Baltimore.

Pugh addressed the issue at a news conference Wednesday.

"I think private-public partnerships will [be important]," said Pugh. "State have always come to the aid of stadiums and so forth as we did the stadiums that currently exist in Baltimore.

"I would look for that same kind of support."

She also highlighted last year's increase in attendance despite poor weather conditions, and said she does not see any reason the Preakness should leave Baltimore.

The need for upgrades at Pimlico comes at a time when the city faces a $130 million dollar budget shortfall for schools.

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