Monday, January 11, 2021

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia Sets Opening Date

An opening date has been set for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, a $700 million gaming and entertainment development in South Philadelphia's Stadium District.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, located at 900 Packer Ave., is set to have a series of reservation-only preview days starting Jan. 19. The official grand opening for the general public is currently scheduled for Feb. 11 at 8:00 p.m., pending approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia's planned opening comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The city of Philadelphia allowed casinos, along with gyms and museums, to reopen on Jan. 4 after being closed for six weeks due to the "Safer at Home" restrictions. The restrictions were put into place amid rising COVID-19 cases across the city and Pennsylvania. The city, however, will continue its restrictions on indoor dining, indoor gatherings and events, theaters, colleges and indoor organized sports through at least Jan. 15. Masks will continue to be required indoors at all times.

To prepare for opening, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia developed an enhanced health and sanitation program called the Play It Safe plan. The program will include increased cleaning frequency, physical distancing, reduced occupancies, new technology and vigorous hygiene and health measures.

Construction on the 510,000-square-foot gaming and entertainment development began in 2019. The development features a luxury 12-story, 208-room Live! Hotel; six-room even center comprising 15,000 square feet of customizable meeting space to accommodate groups of 12 to 1,000; more than 2,100 slots and electronic table games; 150 live-action table games; dedicated 29-table poker room and a state-of-the-art FanDuel Sportsbook. Its dining line-up is set to include The Prime Rib, Sports & Social Philly, Luk Fu, Center Bar, R Bar and 10th Street Market, a dining hall that's set to include two venues from Emmy-award winning chef and TV personality Guy Fieri.

The Live! Casino & Hotel is set to generate over $2 billion in economic stimulus to Philadelphia, along with $100 million in tax revenues for the city in its first five years of operation.

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