Colonial Downs Racetrack

Matt Stell to Open for Old Dominion at Colonial Downs

Tickets Still Available for September 1 Concert

Colonial Downs Group is very pleased to announce an addition to the first major concert event to be hosted at the New Kent racetrack since new owners re-opened the facility this year. Singer-songwriter Matt Stell, with his hit new single “Prayed for You”, will be the opening act. The powerful romantic single has racked up more than 45 million digital streams and is playing regularly on country music stations.

Headlining the evening will be acclaimed country band Old Dominion, which just went #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts with its current single “Make It Sweet”. The concert will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Tickets are available online only at and start at $50.

“We are thrilled to have two of the hottest performers in country music for our very first concert at the new Colonial Downs,” said Aaron Gomes, chief operating officer of Colonial Downs Group. “We promised that we would bring more than premier thoroughbred horse racing and an exciting new form of gaming to New Kent County and we are delivering on that promise with this concert.” The concert will follow Virginia’s biggest day of thoroughbred racing at Colonial Downs with the Virginia Oaks and Virginia Derby both running on August 31.

Colonial Downs previously announced its 2019 thoroughbred horse racing schedule, with the first race set for August 8. This season will include $1.8 million in stakes purses as flat racing returns to Virginia for the first time since 2013. Racing will be conducted on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a 5:00 p.m. post time for all races, unless otherwise announced. All racing information is posted online at