Wesley Chapel has been a major catalyst in the growth of Pasco County, Florida. It is part of the Tampa Bay Area metro. The population is over 45,000. This community strives to maintain the wildlife as well as new retail space, like the Shops at Wiregrass Mall, Tampa Premium outlets, The Grove Mall, many new schools, and many worship homes and churches. Features thoroughbred horse racing at Tampa Bay Downs opened in 1926 and now has a poker room and golf practice area.