Westfield Downs, Westfield, Indiana : a pari-mutuel horse track for Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Laseau, Paul, 1937-
dc.contributor.author Sobottke, Blanche
dc.contributor.author Ross, Connor D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:45:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:45:57Z
dc.date.created 1978 en_US
dc.date.issued 1978
dc.identifier LD2489.Z52 1978 .R67 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188837
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an attempt at both solving a complex problem and at organizing the process of design for a problem of this magnitude. It is of prime importance that not only the final outcome in design be off sound potential, but that the process by which it was done be a compliment to the problems raised. This thesis text is prepared in a matter that suggests the actual process involved as well as calling emphasis to criteria that premised design decisions.The project is a pari-mutuel race track for Indianapolis. Pari-mutuel betting is currently on the verge of becoming legal in Indiana. The passing of this bill would open up Indiana for the development of "the pari-mutuel racetrack." The track considered here is both a standardbred and a thoroughbred racetrack. It would be designed to serve 12,000 spectators and would have stables for 800 horses. The design would consist of an overall site master plan and the development of the facility in the public interest areas.This project involves a number of critical issues. The mass of people who would use the facility as well its the number of cars that would accompany them, the horses, the spectators, the bettors, the employees, track views, sun, wind, the safety of the people and the security of the racehorses are some of the issues inherent to this type of problem. Beyond these issues are these facts that separate this project from other sport facilities and large crowd developments. The horse, tradition, trademarks, festivity and the race itself make a horse track unique. These facts form a richness inherent only in horse racing.In this project, the horse and the procedure the horse takes (prerace activities) before a race are put on stage. That is the backstretch functions are made active to the user by placing them within the facility and making them more ceremonial. The facility is designed so that a person attending the track can partake in as many activities as they wish to. The bettor is given access to the horse and to the betting booths without obstruction; the spectator can watch the pro-race activities, the race, and the bettor. All these factsform activity, activity that should provide the track with a rich and festive atmosphere, an atmosphere that is credited only to horse racing.The backstretch area is located adjacent the grandstand area; this location facilitates views and allows a procession of the horse to the track. Further, a parade ring that would show the horses before the race is placed within the facility. The building thus forms two faces. The face to the track promotes views to the race (inherent in this project while the other face gives views behind to the parade ring and entrance plaza area. By allowing the building to look two ways, the people can maintain activity both while there is a race and in between races. The idea is to give the track activity as many levels as possible. This thought is an attempt to maintain a highly active race track, a vitality in trio track to promote public interest.
dc.description.sponsorship College of Architecture and Planning
dc.format.extent 1 v. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Architecture. en_US
dc.title Westfield Downs, Westfield, Indiana : a pari-mutuel horse track for Indiana en_US
dc.type Undergraduate 5th year College of Architecture and Planning thesis.
dc.description.degree Thesis (B. Arch.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1277134 en_US

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