2004 marked the 30th Anniversary of live Jai-Alai in Fort Pierce. Initially conceived as a spring / summer retreat for the seasonal schedule in Miami, the Ft. Pierce Fronton grew into an important training ground for some of the sport’s top talent. It was a rite of passage to make a name for yourself here at Ft. Pierce before moving on to the more competitive roster in Miami.
2005 will mark the First Time In 31 Years that no “live” Jai-Alai will take place on the Ft. Pierce Cancha (court) . This much loved facility sustained significant damage in September 2004’s Hurricane Francis. Repairs began immediately to insure that there would be a 2005 live season, but the strike of Hurricane Jeanne only a few weeks later made that impossible. There was significant damage to the court, roof and main auditorium making either a January, or February 2005 opening impossible.
HOWEVER Ft. Pierce Jai-Alai is alive and well as it operates one of the most extensive O.T.B. simulcast networks in the State. We continue to offer Full-Card, simulcast wagering on Thoroughbred, Greyhound and Harness racing as well as Jai-Alai from the world’s first and best Fronton – Miami Jai-Alai.