As guests enter the casino, they are greeted with a massive 36-foot long ceiling fixture featuring linear strips of stunning glass pretzels suspended from a stainless steel rectangular canopy. Throughout the facility, you will find a variety of cool curvaceous styled LED pendants ranging from 18 inches to the expansive 96-inch sizes. The dome-shaped shades offer metallic Idalight shades with richly appointed exterior and matching interior finishes that result in a warm, burnished glow. All are featured in the American manufactured, American designed, handcrafted Contemporary Lighting Collection.
In the hotel, you will find uniquely styled Paper Meringue ceiling fixtures and Linen shaded oblong luminaires, enhanced with Statuario Idalight bottom diffusers, on the ceiling in the corridors. Connecting the casino to the garage is an elegant 48-inch crystal lighting chandelier with 18 faux candlelights crowned with elegant White fabric shades.
At its opening in the mid-1950s, Southland Casino Racing was the only gambling venue in the Mid-South, drawing thousands of visitors from surrounding areas. The track offered pari-mutuel betting, also known as pool betting, where wagers are placed against other bettors and a pool is shared among winners.
Originally owned by the Upton family and other individuals, Southland was purchased by Delaware North Companies, Inc. of Buffalo, New York, in the early 1970s. Southland was the premier greyhound race track in the country at its highest point, with up to 20,000 guests from the 1960s through the 80s, annual wagers on greyhound races frequently exceeding $200 million, while employing over 600 people.
Southland has contributed more than $18 million to public agencies and private, non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Legion, and American Heart Association, among others. In addition, Southland is one of the only greyhound race tracks in the country with an adoption center located on the grounds, caring for the dogs from out of the gate to their forever homes.