Northfield Park

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Northfield Park

Location

Northfield Park is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, USA on Route 8 (Northfield Road), off the Forbes Road exit of I-271.

Northfield Park is widely acknowledge as one of the Cleveland area's top sports and entertainment venues.

Northfield Park is the only racetrack in the world with its own Microbrewery.

The brewery is just one aspect of a $10 million renovation project that began in early 1997 and culminated in its June 1998 grand opening.

Exciting Events at Northfield Park

Among the major events annually held at Northfield Park are:

  • Major stakes events like the Miller Lite Cleveland Classic, a major stakes event for three year-old pacing colts, and the Courageous Lady, an event for 3-year old pacing fillies.

  • The Battle for Lake Erie, a highly-anticipated annual tourney that has been been held for almost two decades now.

 


Northfield Park History

Northfield Park Track Facts

First constructed by Chicago mobster Al Capone in 1934, the track, then known as Sportsman Park, was intended as a greyhound track. When this plan failed, ownership changed and the focus was switched to midget car racing. After 20 years as a successful car racing facility, interest began to wane and in 1956, Sportsman Park was demolished to make way for what would eventually become one of the nation's premier harness racing tracks, Northfield Park.

In 1984, the track's owners spent nearly $20,000,000 to renovate the facility, elevating it to a position of prominence within the industry. The glass-enclosed, climate-controlled grandstand and adjacent clubhouse, together, can seat over 5,800 people.