(Syracuse) Governor Cuomo announced in early September that the NY State Fairgrounds will be undergoing the biggest renovation in the history of the fair. An estimated $50 million in grants and funding will used in efforts to continue investing in the Upstate NY Tourism industry. Cuomo made a poignant remark about how often residents of downstate; Manhattan particularly- plan their vacations Upstate, and for this to continue, Upstate must satisfy the niche industry with attractions and aesthetics that will make people want to travel to Upstate NY.
The primary components the construction and renovations that will soon be underway are impressive. The reinvention of the fairgrounds will include: A brand new, state-of-the art 100,000 sq. ft. expo center that will be open YEAR ROUND and hold 4500, a WORLD CLASS equestrian center, an open RV Park with many amenities and expansion of midway from 12-16 acres. Chevy Court will be redesigned with new seating and a new stage that will accommodate 30,000 spectators. A ‘New York Experience,’ space which can be used for theatre productions and seminars, will also be constructed with the idea that this space will bring in events from all over the state, boosting tourism even more. A new entryway that will reflect modernization and sophistication will be constructed and seated on an attractive street-scape that will illuminate the facilities before tourists even arrive. The NY State Fair has also contracted Super Dirt Week to a long term annual return for many years to come. The current Onandaga Amphitheater will be re-imagined as Lakeview Amphitheater, which is adjacent to the Fairgrounds with goals of bringing in tier one performers.
It is estimated that these expansion efforts will create 853 new jobs in the tourism industry. The construction is planned to start in March 2016, with many aspects of it to be completed by the opening day of the fair.