Bally’s Kicks Off $100mn Expansion at Rhode Island Casino
Bally’s Corp. on Thursday broke ground on a $100 million expansion of the larger of its two casinos in Rhode Island.
Twin River Casino in Lincoln originally opened doors in 1947 as Lincoln Downs. It later became Lincoln Park and then Twin River. The house will now operate as Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino.
Its sister home in Tiverton will be named Bally’s Tiverton Casino as portion of Bally’s wider effort to rename all its properties across the US following it acquired the iconic Bally’s brand from Caesars last fall in a $20 million deal.
The casino operator previously operated as Twin River Worldwide Holdings.
Firm officials and Lincoln casino bosses on Thursday marked the property’s rebrand and commence of building work on its planned expansion with festivities. Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee, legislative leaders, and labor union heads attended the ceremonial groundbreaking.
Gov. McKee said that they have been in Lincoln to “celebrate an investment in Rhode Island, to celebrate nicely-paying jobs, to celebrate tourism.”
The $100 million expansion project consists of the addition of 40,000 square feet of new gaming space, a 14,000-square-foot spa area, and an enhanced meals hall area, amongst other amenities.
The additional casino space will be situated on the initial floor to let for the majority of gambling action to take location on a single floor. This would totally free up the building’s second floor for added entertainment alternatives.
Expansion to Be Unveiled Next Fall
House officials said that they anticipate to complete the expansion project by October 2022. They further noted that they intend to “absolutely” upgrade and boost the resort-style encounter at the Lincoln place.
The multi-million dollar expansion project is the by-item of a 20-year no-bid lottery deal amongst Rhode Island and Bally’s and its gaming machine partner IGT that Gov. McKee authorized earlier this year.
The gambling venue will stay completely operational throughout building, it also became known.
Bally’s VP of Operations Paul Juliano said Thursday that “undoubtedly, the combined improvements we will make in our facilities and in our customer offerings will well-position our Rhode Island properties to continue to play a essential part in the economic prosperity of our state.”
The expansion of Rhode Island’s casinos could prompt neighboring Massachusetts to convert its commercial slots-only parlor Plainridge Park Casino into a complete-scale gaming facility. A duo of Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to achieve adequate assistance in the state Legislature to permit the venue’s expansion.
The two legislators, Reps. Shawn Dooley and Jeff Roy, are calling for the addition of up to 30 table games and 250 slot machines at Plainridge that would allow the state to “ideal compete with our neighbors in the south, safeguard jobs, local businesses, and the tax revenues that have been generated.”
Source: Bally’s executives, state officials break ground on Twin River expansion, NBC 10 WJAR, September 16, 2021