History of the Melbourne Greyhound Park
Originally built as a Jai Alai Fronton in 1971, Melbourne Greyhound Park (MGP) was
converted into a Greyhound Racing facility in 1990. The thriving entertainment venue was
then, and still is, a Brevard County landmark. In 1992, simulcast racing was added to give
pari-mutuel enthusiasts access to jai alai, horse racing, and additional greyhound facilities
from around the United States. In 2004, MGP underwent a $4-million renovation, which
included the addition of Club 52, our 11,000-square foot Las Vegas-style poker room
featuring 45 tables of gaming action in the main room and an exclusive V.I.P. room for
private parties of 20 to 100. MGP/Club 52 has made many significant contributions to the
community over the years and has been host to countless fundraisers and community
Pat Biddix, Partner/General Manager
Mr. Biddix moved to Florida in 1954. He was a General Contractor/ Construction Manager
when he was retained by the previous owners to renovate and build several race tracks
across the U.S. and Mexico. After converting the Brevard Jai Alai Fronton into a Greyhound
Racing facility, Mr. Biddix was asked to accept the position of President of the Florida
corporation that owned and operated Seminole Greyhound Park, Daytona Beach Kennel
Club, and Melbourne Greyhound Park. Upon the sale of MGP to the current owners, Mr.
Biddix was offered the position of Partner/General Manager.
Over the last 20-plus years in Brevard County, Mr. Biddix has served his community in many
different fashions. Mr. Biddix has served or currently serves on several boards, including
Brevard Community College, Cape Canaveral Foundation, Health First Foundation, Brevard
Cultural Alliance, Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Florida Today Reach Out Holiday
Fund, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Civilian Military Community Relations Council, and the
Air Force Space and Missile Museum Foundation.