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Location DB > United States > Arizona > Goodyear > Phoenix Trotting Park
Phoenix Trotting Park
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 Database Info
created by trevorland on 3/22/2005 2:03 AM
last modified by lonewolf34 on 6/7/2018 8:48 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Goodyear, Arizona
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • birds/bird droppings
  •  Interesting Features
    This place is home to more birds than you will ever want to see again, the inside is cavernous and you could spend all day in here
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • close proximity to a trailer park, old people not paid to watch it
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1964
    Closed: 1966
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • towelettes
  • bring water and your camera
  •  Recommended Equipment

    "Phoenix Trotting Park was built in 1964 and opened in 1965. It was originally supposed to be built for $3 million, but after Italian architects and contractors were brought in it wound up closer to $10 million, essentially bankrupting its builder, James Dunnigan, who had operated Buffalo Raceway. It was built of reinforced concrete, and could have withstood a direct hit by a hydrogen bomb. Delvin Miller, harness racing's Mr. Everything, implored Dunnigan to forego building a track, and instead workout a deal with Turf Paradise to install lights for a million or so and race harness nights at that thoroughbred track. That advice, feasible at the time, could have resulted in harness racing today in Phoenix. Instead, Phoenix Trotting Park went belly up and was bought by Sportservice, to make sure no reincarnation took place and its greyhound operation in Phoenix was protected. It is still standing, and some future travelers from space probably will regard it in the same way Stonehenge in Britain is regarded today......a monument built in the desert by sun worshipers. Sad story from start to finish." -Stan Bergstein

    In 1998, movie crews chose the site to film an explosion for the movie "No Code of Conduct." No Code of Conduct is an action film involving cops and drug dealers. American Humane Association had been informed by production that there were no animals being used in the filming. Therefore, AHA was not on set and was not involved in the monitoring of any animals involved in the production.

    The script called for the explosion of a drug warehouse at the end of the film and production chose to use an abandoned building at Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear, AZ. During the filming of the special effects explosion, hundreds of birds that were indigenous to the location were injured and killed. Although AHA was told by a production spokesperson that the company had attempted to clear the area and the building of the birds, there were several hundred birds still in the building at the time the explosives were detonated. According to a media source at the time of the incident, a representative from Arizona Department of Fish and Game approved the explosion.
     Media Coverage
    Featured in the 1998 film "No Code of Conduct"
    Small segment in 2003 skate video Shorty's: How To Go Pro
     Future Plans
    The Trotting Park was demolished in Late September/Early October 2017.
    Realizing a Childhood Dream
    Sat, Jan 16th, 2010
    posted by Stang5_0
    Second expedition
    Tue, Sep 27th, 2005
    posted by trevorland
    First expedition
    Tue, Mar 22nd, 2005
    posted by trevorland

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     Photo Galleries
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    First expedition
    Sun, Mar 20th, 2005
    posted by trevorland
    28 pictures
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    Second expedition
    Tue, Sep 27th, 2005
    posted by trevorland
    65 pictures
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    Almost Inside
    Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
    posted by Wilk
    11 pictures
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    Realizing a Childhood Dream
    Sat, Jan 16th, 2010
    posted by Stang5_0
    24 pictures
    Click to view gallery
    A long way from home
    Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
    posted by Uzi-
    10 pictures
    Click to view gallery
    Stables And Judges Grandstand
    Thu, Dec 2nd, 2010
    posted by Jonno23
    11 pictures
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    Mon, Oct 2nd, 2017
    posted by trevorland
    8 pictures

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    Category Rating
    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 5 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/8/2018 3:16 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 8 18 at 3:16, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 7 18 at 20:48, lonewolf34 changed the following: Recommendation
  • on Nov 26 17 at 12:58, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Nov 25 17 at 20:15, trevorland changed the following: Web Links
  • on Oct 2 17 at 22:31, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Oct 2 17 at 19:42, trevorland changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Oct 2 17 at 19:38, trevorland updated gallery picture destruction7
  • on Oct 2 17 at 19:38, trevorland updated gallery picture destruction6
  • on Oct 2 17 at 19:37, trevorland updated gallery picture destruction5
  • on Oct 2 17 at 19:37, trevorland updated gallery picture destruction4
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