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New Grand Prix owner plans Seneca Speedway Stadium

WATKINS GLEN—Former National Hockey League player, Jason Bonsignore of Rochester, heads up a new ownership group that has taken over the Seneca Grand Prix Family Fun Park on Route 414 in Watkins Glen.
The property houses a first class miniature golf course along with two go-kart tracks, bumper boats, an arcade and pavilion center with picnic areas and volleyball court.  Bonsignore has plans to expand the park this summer with the main focus being the construction of a brand new outdoor sports stadium that will feature an oval dirt racetrack for motorcycles, ATV's and karts.
The stadium, to be known as The Seneca Speedway Stadium, will primarily host the original extreme sport of European Speedway Motorcycle Racing, every Friday night under the lights.  ATV racing will likely be a supporting class as well on the Friday night race card. 
The Seneca Grand Prix will be renamed Seneca Grand Prix Golf and Games. The new Seneca Speedway Stadium portion of it will also be available as a multi-purpose venue which could host many events such as rodeos, horse shows or an occasional concert.
Construction of the new stadium should begin when the weather breaks this spring.  The Park is tentatively set to open in early May and it is hoped that the racetrack will be ready for June.
In addition to the new racetrack, Bonsignore is working towards raising funds to build the first ever Speedway Motorcycle Racing museum in the U.S. at the venue.  Fundraisers will be held to raise approximately $45,000.
The park, built in 1987, was a successful family fun destination for nearly 20 years until ownerships problems in recent times led to its closure for two seasons. Two years ago it was purchased by a Horseheads businessman who renovated 80 percent of the property and was able to open the doors again in a part-time capacity this past summer. The place was not opened until mid-summer and the owner did not have enough time to operate it by himself and Bonsignore's group recently acquired the 18 acre parcel.




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