Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge will be renamed Casino Rouge when it moves to the mainland in February 2022, according to site plans unveiled last week by casino owner Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI).
The East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission is scheduled to review the plans later today. Construction work on the relocation project is expected to begin early next year.
GLPI seeks to invest between $ 21 million and $ 25 million to move the river casino to the mainland and replace some old amenities with new ones. The relocation project will include the expansion of the dock facilities and the conversion of the existing valet service into an interior space.
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Plans also include the addition of a sports bar. A sports viewing area and an existing bar will be replaced by a sportsbook. Louisiana was one of the many states that they approved sports betting during the November elections. Legislators have yet to work out the state’s gambling rules and laws, but it is believed that the first legal bets could be made sometime in 2022.
Relocated and renamed Hollywood Casino will also feature a Shaquille O’Neal Big Chicken restaurant. The new restaurant will replace the casino’s existing Celebrity Grill. The casino’s buffet, which has been closed since the pandemic, will remain closed. Hollywood Casino said it would instead focus on catering to private events and banquets.
GLPI also plans to add a 200-seat meeting space and 250-seat live entertainment venue to the land complex.
The casino floor
The owner of Hollywood Casino does not plan to expand the existing gaming options at the facility. The fluvial casino currently has 859 slot machines and 12 table games, which will be relocated to the mainland when construction is complete.
The land based casino will occupy 100,000 square feet of space. The single-level gaming floor will span over 27,000 square feet.
The relocation, which received a green light from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, will generate 166 jobs in construction. Property officials have not been able to say if the casino will create new permanent jobs when it moves to the mainland, as there will be no new slot machines or table games and the new facilities that are planned to be added will replace the old ones.
The river casino will remain open during construction. It will only close for a week in February 2022 when playing positions are moved to the new game room.
Hollywood Casino has long waited to be able to move to the mainland, but was not allowed to do so until the spring of 2018 when state lawmakers passed a measure that allowed the relocation of Louisiana river casinos. The move was expected to encourage investment in the state’s somewhat stagnant gambling industry by getting casino owners to build hotels and add new dining and entertainment facilities.
Louisiana currently has a land based casino, Harrah’s New Orleans. The property will undergo a $ 325 million renovation and expansion and it will be renamed Caesars New Orleans.
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