Bally’s Kansas City Debuts $40M Expansion

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Bally’s Kansas City, Missouri, has officially opened its doors to a $40 million expansion, offering guests a modernized experience with hundreds of new games and dining options.

Spanning almost 36,000 square feet, the Rhode Island-based operator has been working on the expansion for more than two years, reflecting the scale and depth of the transformation.

Bally’s had local dignitaries visit for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. That included company President George Papanier and Chickie’s and Pete’s restaurant chain founder, Pete Ciarrocchi.

This new expansion market puts Bally’s Kansas City among the biggest casinos in Missouri. It adds 200 games and a high-limit slots area, in addition to the range of changes Bally’s has already made to the property.

It purchased the former Isle of Capri casino in 2020 from Caesars Entertainment in a $320 million deal that included Bally’s Vicksburg in Mississippi. For a while, it was known as Casino KC, before its 2021 rebrand to the Bally’s Kansas City name.

“We are very excited to unveil a transformed Bally’s Kansas City. From the moment guests arrive, they will be greeted with enhanced dining and gaming experiences,” said Michael Donovan, Bally’s Midwest Regional VP & GM, in a press release.

Latest Additions

Since rebranding the property as Bally’s Kansas City in 2020, the operator has also made significant changes before this $40 million expansion.

That included another high-limit gaming room, an Asian-themed baccarat room, and a celebrity-themed lounge.

The latest redevelopment brings all those previous piecemeal improvements together in a visual and practical design. The new casino will have an improved flow, with remodeled entrances and more modern lighting throughout.

The new additions include a range of dining and nongaming entertainment options, both previously limited. That includes Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse and Sports Bar and the Celebrity Casino & Lounge.

“We are grateful for the collaborative work of the city and the hundreds of union members who played a critical role in bringing this expansion to reality over the past two years,” Donovan said.

Future Plans

Donovan also hinted at future transformation plans earlier this year. The latest expansion has left room for modular expansion at a later date.

These plans encompass the addition of a new hotel, an amphitheatre, and expanded parking facilities. However, there is no official time line as to when these developments might commence.

There are 10 Missouri casinos competing for customers across the state. This new expansion makes Bally’s Kansas City the second-largest of the 10 in terms of floor space.

Bally’s also offers online casino gaming via its Bally Bet app, but it is not licensed or available to Missouri online casino players.

Bally’s also operates another 15 casinos across 10 states. That includes a temporary casino in Chicago, Illinois, which opened earlier this month at the historic Medinah Temple venue.

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