The work on the new Hollywood Casino Joliet is about to begin! As PENN Entertainment, Inc. announced, the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for December 13 at 2 pm CT.
The new casino:
Until now, PENN operated the riverboat casino, but once the new facility is built and opened, the operations will be transferred to it.
It is expected that the casino will cost about $185 million. Once finished, it will anchor RockRun Collection, the new regional commercial and residential center.
The new facility will be near the Interstate 80 and Interstate 55 interchange in Joliet, Illinois. Considering that about 230.000 vehicles pass that interchange on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that PENN chose this location for its newest facility.
Jay Snowden, PENN Entertainment’s CEO and President, said: “We are very excited to be moving forward with construction on a new, state-of-the-art Hollywood Casino Joliet in an ideal location. Our close proximity to two interstates and surrounding mixed-use development will offer our modern facility with exceptional visibility and accessibility in the highly attractive Chicagoland market.”
The casino will feature about 850 slots and 44 live table games. The fans of various forms of gambling will find something for themselves here, including baccarat, a retail sportsbook, and many more. There will also be other amenities, such as bars and restaurants, as well as a huge event center, which will be placed across 10.000 square feet. The casino will have about 1.330 parking spaces.
PENN expects to provide 450 people with construction jobs and 515 people with permanent jobs at a new casino. This is 150 people more than is currently employed in the currently running Joliet facility.
Moving to the new location:
Back in 2019, a new law allowed the riverboat casinos to move onto the land. However, the old Hollywood Casino Joliet, currently located on the Des Plaines, will keep operating until the new, land-based casino is finished. It is expected that the construction work will take about 24 months.
Mike Thoma, Vice President & General Manager of Hollywood Casino Joliet, said: “From our day-one team members to the hundreds of individuals that will be joining us in the months ahead, this is an incredibly exciting milestone for all of us with the property and local community. We can’t wait to provide our guests with an even greater customer experience at the future Hollywood Casino Joliet.”
Many important names from the industry are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony, including the members of the Illinois Gaming Board, the Illinois General Assembly, the mayor, the City Council, and various local stakeholders and labor organizations.
The new casino is part of a huge project that will include casinos in Aurora, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, as well as Henderson, Nevada.