The Northlands Spectrum features horse racing and slot room facilities that are located within the Northlands Park site. You can find the facility west of Wayne Gretzky Drive at 75th Street and 115th Avenue. The slot room is endowed with a 23-seat SEGA Royal Ascot horse racing simulation game (2005 Annual Report). It also offers 562 slot machines hosted by the 20,000-square foot slot venue.
The Northland Park was originally established as the Edmonton Agricultural Society in 1879. It was formed to respond to the needs of an increasing agricultural area. The Park redeveloped the main floor of the Northlands Spectrum, which cost about $5.6 million. In 2002, the Park partnered with Horse Racing Alberta (HRA). In August of that year, during the redevelopment, 250 slot machines were added.
The Park is a non-profit, volunteer-driven and community organization that serves Edmonton and North Central Alberta. Aside from hosting numerous sporting and gaming events, it operates the original casino of Edmonton, providing slot play at Northlands Spectrum the whole year round.
To be comply to these services, it has a Racing Entertainment Centre Agreement (RECA) with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). As part of the agreement, it must maintain a rated ‘A’ racing license including live racing conducted at a minimum of 100 days.