Fonner Park, Nebraska’s premier horse racing track, features live thoroughbred horse races every day from mid-February through early May, keno and year-round nationwide simulcasting. The Heartland Events Center was added in 2006 and hosts numerous events including concerts, trade shows and sporting events. It’s home to the IFL’s Nebraska Danger football team.
Located in the Fonner Park Concourse, The Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame is made up of memorabilia from Omaha’s former Aksarben track — including the Jack Van Berg Collection — and from Fonner Park’s early years. The collection features trophies, photographs, stories and paraphernalia such as saddles used by winning jockies. Sculptures and figurines are also in the collection.
Fonner Park celebrated its 60th year in 2013.
It was originally built as a permanent home for the county fairgrounds. When the fair wasn’t operating, the park was to be used for other activities and events. The grandstands have been added on to four times. Ten of the original horse barns are still standing, and five more were added in the 60s. The Big Red Barn was put up in 1970 followed by a clubhouse.