FARMINGTON — For 5 ½ months, Don Hartung waited for news about the reopening of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
And at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Rochester resident was the first through the facility’s newly reopened doors, ready to play video poker and, truthfully, making plans to come the next day, too.
Staying at home, cooped up in the house — “I can do that anytime,” Hartung said. “I’m happy they opened up. I feel great and I’m looking forward to playing the machines.”
Hartung wasn’t alone.
Anywhere from 50 to 100 customers began queuing up outside the doors prior to the reopening — the line and the numbers grew as the morning wore on. They listened to instructions from security officers on the safety procedures in place and what to expect inside as they stood outside on stickers placed on the sidewalk to help them keep 6 feet apart.
Steven Martin, senior director of marketing, said he was expecting a larger than normal Wednesday crowd, which ordinarily is fairly brisk, “because people haven’t been here in a long time.”
The doors to Finger Lakes closed March 16, which was the first time it had closed for a full day since the gaming aspect of the operation opened in 2004, Martin said.