MGM Northfield Park

The state of Ohio has never been known for its casinos or much of anything else for that matter. However, and this may be a little-known fact, horse racing has always been very popular in the state.

These two gambling options have become quite intertwined as of late as the number of “racinos” in the country continues to grow. The MGM Northfield is located just outside of Cleveland and is another such racino as it combines harness track betting and a casino. The MGM brand is bigger than ever and continues to branch out to not only include racinos but the state of Ohio as well.


Ohio is not a state with many legal gambling options, and for this reason, the casino at MGM Northfield Park is very limited in what they can offer. Of course, MGM Northfield Park got its start as a harness race track, and it remains one today.

Video games and slots were added in 2009 after the proper legislation was passed. However, the laws are still very limiting as you won’t find any of the classic casino table games such as blackjack, craps, or roulette at MGM Northfield.

That said, this still hasn’t stopped MGM from investing plenty of space and money into the games and gaming floor. There are thousands of games here on a gaming floor with over 200,000 square feet.

There are also three gaming areas that allow for even more comfort. There is the main gaming floor, an outdoor lounge that allows smoking, and a high limit room as well for players looking to hit it big in a more secluded environment.


Harness racing has been MGM Northfield Park’s bread and butter since it was originally constructed way back in the 1930s. This continues to be the case today as the MGM Northfield Park hosts over 220 times a year.

The season is long, with lots of action every race. These are some of the best races in the country, too. This track offers some of the biggest purses every season, which attracts all the best horses.

The Ohio Sires Stakes series, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie, the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic, and the Myron Charma Presidents Pace are all held at the MGM Northfield Park, making it the premier harness racing destination in all of Ohio.

Simulcast Lounge

Not only are the best live harness races here at the MGM Northfield Park, but all the races are here at MGM Northfield Park via their Trackside Lounge and simulcast. Guests can watch and wager every day on all the top thoroughbred and harness tracks from all over the globe.

The action starts at noon and can go as late as 1 am. A wide variety of seating is available, including the very popular private television carrels.


Since this is an MGM property, all the promotions are available through their rewards program M Life Rewards. Members in the program earn points on every dollar spent at any of the MGM properties.

These points can be redeemed for free plays, hotel comps, dining comps, and free entertainment at every MGM property. The rewards system is tiered as well, allowing frequent users to receive more and more. Plus, because there are so many MGM establishments, this program is very far-reaching.


Guests have four great dining options at MGM Northfield Park. There is the very popular TAP Sports Bar where you can have a beer and a bite while watching the game.

Of course, no casino is complete without a buffet, and MGM offers The Buffet with over 60 dishes always available. The Concerto Italian Kitchen which offers personal pizzas and other Italian dishes. Plus, there is Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill for a more sophisticated and upscale experience.


Of course, MGM Northfield Park is going to have plenty of entertainment as it is simply a part of the MGM brand. Not only does TAP host live local music acts, but there is also Center Stage.

This is a concert-style music hall that can host any size music or comedy act every day of the year. With a state-of-the-art audio and lighting system, almost 2,000 seats, and plenty of atmosphere, it is a great venue with a calendar full of national acts.

Overall Review

Racinos get a bad rep for one reason or another, and they are not always justified. MGM isn’t going to jump into bed with just any establishment, and teaming with Northfield Park was a win for everyone.

They have all the best harness racing; they have all the latest games, great dining options, and entertainment every day of the year. Are there better casinos? Sure. However, although Northfield is limited by state rules and regulations, they still put out the best product they can.