Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board unanimously finalized the awarding of a mini-casino license to Stadium LLC. The mini-casino, which is allowed up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games, will be located in Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County. Current plans have the casino opening up sometime next year.
Stadium LLC, which is owned by The Cordish Companies, also has plans to build a 2-million square foot world-class hotel in Philadelphia called Live! Casino Philadephia. It is also expected to open in 2020.
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The long path to a mini-casino
Despite the fact that the mini-casinos auctions were one of the first steps of the Pennsylvanian gaming expansion which passed in late October of 2018, the process to grand openings has been much slower. It’s now been over a year in a half since Stadium LLC was the winner of the second PA mini-casino auction when they bid $40.1 million on January 24th, 2018 for the rights to build a so-called “Category 4” casino.
After Stadium LLC was the second winning bidder in the auctions, the PGCB board reviewed the Stadium LLC application in-depth as well as gathering feedback from citizens of the area. A hearing was held in the Hempfield Township in late 2018 to get public input for and against the proposed site.
Even with approval from PGCB, the Stadium Casino will still need approval from Hempfield for construction projects, which is expected. The casino has plans to bring in around 500 full-time jobs to the area. It is expected to generate $188 million in annual revenue for the county.
About the location
The new mini-casino, which is begin referred to as Live! Casino Pittsburgh, will be located at the former site of the Bon-Ton store in Hempfield Township located in Westmoreland County.
Live! Casino Pittsburgh will house 750 slot machines as well as 30 table games that can later be expanded to 40. The second floor of the building will host a restaurant and bar as well as an events center. The entryway will be connected to an on-site parking garage.
Construction began on the site in April before an anticipated launch sometime in 2020.
What about other mini-casino locations?
The Stadium LLC mini-casino was one of five approved by the PGCB during 2018. Of those, only the Stadium LLC site and the Penn National Gaming mini-casino in Berks County have been fully approved.
Three other mini-casino projects are pending: Penn National-owned site near York, Parx Casino-owned site near Shippensburg and a Mount Airy-owned site near Big Beaver.