BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Hollywood Casino hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday morning to celebrate the casino’s move onto land.
“It’s pretty clear that having all the gambling and gaming and all the entertainment that we offer on one floor. It’s just a whole lot happier experience,” said Gaming and Leisure properties CEO Peter Carlino.
Hollywood Casino broke ground on the new venue this morning. Laws allowing sports betting and casinos to build on land spurred the expansion.
City officials said this project will bring more money to the city.
“We will see a tremendous investment right here in Baton Rouge, and this job will certainly bring more commerce to this area of the community,” said Broome.
With sights set on economic growth, The Viking Cruise Line planned to make stops to the original dock.
“Having us as a stop along the way, is exciting to them to come to what will be an exciting facility and exciting for us because thousands of people are going to walk right through our front, I mean back door,” said Carlino.
They said this project will create about 160 jobs.