For the first time in the storied history of Yonkers Raceway, the historic New York Daily News Golden Gloves will be contested at the historic half-mile track. The 2011 semi-finals of the fabled amateur boxing tournament will be hosted trackside by Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night, March 25, 2011, it was announced jointly today by Casino President Timothy J. Rooney and Daily News Senior Vice President John Campi.
Tickets will be priced at $25 with senior citizens and children under 13 priced at $15. For more information call Brian Adams at the Daily News at 212-210-1908 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clare Galterio at Empire City at 914-457-2609 (email@example.com). Open, novice and women’s divisions will each be contested, nine bouts in all, and weight classes will be announced at a later date. First bell is at 7:30 PM.
A tented area will be set up on the trackside apron to house the ring and hundreds of fans in attendance. The oldest and most esteemed amateur event in the U.S.A., celebrating its 84th anniversary this season, has produced generations of legendary boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Gerry Cooney, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, and Zab Judah.
Yonkers Raceway first opened its doors in 1899, and in over 100 years of its history has been the home to harness racing’s Triple Crown events such as the Yonkers Trot, Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes, as well as such premier stakes races as the Art Rooney Pace. Professional boxing has been held in the Old Glory Horse Pavilion, and many major fights shown on closed circuit television. But the Daily News Golden Gloves, the most elite Golden Gloves tournament in the country for 84 years, becomes a “first-time starter” at the Hilltop.
“We are delighted to bring the Daily News Golden Gloves to Yonkers Raceway,” said Rooney. “Two New York institutions are teaming for a spectacular evening of boxing for fight fans.”
“It will be another historic night for the Daily News Golden Gloves,” said Campi. “Our rich history grows even richer, and we are looking forward to a memorable night.”
March 15, 2011