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History of the Melbourne Greyhound Park

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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 functions.

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.