The $600 million Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia project that began construction in 2018 announced last Wednesday that it will open its casino on January 19, 2021. Initially, the casino will offer a series of reservation-only Preview Days for Live! Rewards Club members, before opening to the public. The official grand opening to the general public will follow on February 11, 2021, pending approval from the relevant authority.
Existing Live! Rewards Club members can now make reservations for the preview days (January 19-February 11) at LivePhillyRSVP.com. Those guests who are not currently Live! Rewards members can also make reservations for the Preview Days by registering at PhillyLiveRewards.com. After February 11 at 8:00 pm, reservations will no longer be required for any guests. Also, guests can book reservations at the luxury Live! Hotel.
Cordish Gaming Group’s Executive Vice President Joe Billhimer said the company is inexplicably excited to go live in Philadelphia, introducing the world-class gaming and entertainment venue to the heart of the Stadium District. “What we have created here is unparalleled anywhere in the US. Sports fans, gaming enthusiasts, foodies, and anyone looking for a night of fun only has to make one stop to experience it all.”
What Can You Enjoy at Live! Casino?
The 510,000 square-foot establishment will feature over 2,100 slots and electronic table games, in addition to 150 live-action table games and a 29-table poker room. The mega property also boasts a 120-story, 208-room Live! Hotel. Plus, huge dining and entertainment options and a six-room event center featuring 15,000 square feet of meeting place to accommodate groups of up to 1,000 guests.
At Sports & Social Philly, which is a sports restaurant, gaming venue, and social lounge, the guests will be able to enjoy betting at FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge retail location. The area also includes a huge 52-foot LED display and 24 TVs for watching sports games.
What Live! Casino & Hotel Will Bring for Philadelphia?
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia is projected to generate more than $2 billion in economic stimulus to Pennsylvania’s largest city. It will also generate $100 million in tax revenues for Philadelphia by 2026, including $25 million to the city’s School District.
This casino project has provided over 5,000 construction jobs and now looking to hire up to 2,000 permanent new jobs for area residents. The individuals living in the community surrounding the Stadium District will be preferred for these jobs. Additionally, Live! Philadelphia will also host two invitation-only charity nights on January 16-17. All proceeds from this will go to Philadelphia area non-profit organizations.
Enhanced Safety Measures
The planned opening comes amid the highly unusual times where the ongoing pandemic has halted almost every economic activity. The city is still considering whether to lift the ban on indoor dining on January 15. However, casinos were allowed to reopen on January 4.
Live! Casino & Hotel has resolved to put in place a strict sanitation program to ensure the highest safety measures for its guests. “Our chief priority is to provide a safe environment for our guests and team members,” Billhimer said, adding that they have gone through the strictest measures to meet and exceed Pennsylvania’s pandemic-related guidelines.