Concert-venue retrofit discussed for Apache Greyhound Park

Apache Greyhound Park, 220 S. Delaware Drive, may be renovated and become a venue for concerts. (Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newsmedia)

Apache Greyhound Park could become an indoor and outdoor concert venue, a representative of its owner, Delaware North, and a local chamber official said recently.

The facility at 220 S. Delaware Drive in Apache Junction, which once hosted live dog racing, now has TVs for simulcast races from greyhound and thoroughbred tracks, a bar and facilities for a church.

The Apache Junction Focal Point and Tourism Committee held its monthly meeting at the facility Feb. 12 to hear about plans for its renovation.

Aaron Feinberg, director of operations of Delaware North’s Phoenix facilities, on Feb. 12 speaks about Apache Greyhound Park becoming an indoor and outdoor concert venue. (Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newsmedia)

“Apache Junction is a very special place for our company,” Aaron Feinberg, director of operations of Delaware North’s Phoenix facilities, said.

“We just really need feedback on the vision of what we think this can be. I think we can all agree in this room that it’s a misused property, the untapped potential for what it can be,” he said.

“We want to be an event space. We want to be doing bigger and better things other than just having the gambling and the food and beverage,” he said.

Local and big-name performers could be booked, Mayor Jeff Serdy, a member of the focal point committee, said.

“You could have local performers, but if you look at a lot of the parks out here, if you were a big name in the ‘70s and ‘80s, you’re probably not booking big places now. I’ve seen Michael Bolton play at Valle del Oro and places like that,” Mayor Serdy said.

“And the locals would come to see locals,” he said.

Rody Espanol, director of business development for the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, gave a slideshow presentation of what events could be held at the venue.

“There are many advantages with this facility. It’s not just one; it’s not just a concert venue. It can pivot to many outdoor events. It’s adaptable to many seasons,” he said.

They include concerts in an outside pavilion, obstacle courses, car shows, a paintball facility, Santa Claus village and motorcross events.

The facility has easy access from the Superstition Freeway, which is two miles away, he said.

“We have the restaurants nearby for this facility to cater to the whole Apache Trail. We have it all here,” Mr. Espanol said.
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