Why did CHDN close the Trackside OTB? OTB betting is off 20% in Louisville since then. The OTB at CHDN charges admission. A person can stay home and bet, or, if he lives in Indiana, bet at the OTB there for free.
Trackside also charged admission when I used to go there, so the issue with Indiana in that regard isn't new. CD is probably more worried about people playing from home instead of the Indiana OTB. CD is much nicer than the Indiana spot, but I do think free admission would be nice at CD for simulcasting.
I agree, it is more of a hassle for many people to go to CD as opposed to Trackside. But CD spent lots of $$$ upgrading their facility and creating what they thought was state-of-the-art simulcasting areas. The idea was to have everything centralized at CD. I'm sure there's a split of opinions on whether that was a good or bad idea.
One thing I don't understand is that Trackside will be open on Oaks and Derby (and maybe BC when it's at CD). I can't imagine they will rent and install TVs and wagering machines just for those few days, so are those just sitting there unused the rest of the year? Or do they really have a quick temporary install of all the electronics in Trackside for Derby and Oaks?
Seems to me they should've kept Trackside open but just downsized the staff a little and then made the judgement after a year or so about whether they should move all simulcasting to CD or keep it split.