The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has granted the state's fourth casino, Horseshoe Cincinnati, a public opening date of March 4, 2013, Horseshoe reported earlier this month.For a recap of last week's top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute:
Located in downtown Cincinnati, the casino will be the last of four voter-approved full-service casinos to open in the state in less than one year. It joins the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opened in May; the Hollywood Casino Toledo, which also opened in May; and the Hollywood Casino Columbus, which opened in October.
"Our casino operations team is 'All In' and will be ready to debut our legendary Horseshoe brand to the Cincinnati community in 82 days," said Kevin Kline, the casino's senior vice president and general manager.
According to Kline, recruiting efforts to identify, train and hire approximately 1,700 new casino workers are on schedule; several hundred slot machines have already been placed on the gaming floor; and partnership discussions with a variety of downtown restaurants and hotels are underway.
The $400 million casino, construction on which began in February 2011, will total more than 400,000 square feet and will include full-service gaming, sit-down and casual dining options, and onsite parking, not to mention nearly 33,000 square feet of multi-purpose and special function space for meetings and events — including a 19,000-square-foot ballroom, an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Cincinnati skyline, and an urban plaza that will host concerts and live shows.
"Horseshoe Cincinnati is a huge new addition to downtown," said Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. "It’s putting thousands of Cincinnatians to work and it will open the door for new business development in the surrounding area. The casino opening is an exciting way to kick off 2013 in Cincinnati."