Stadium Casino (Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia) Review
Stadium Casino, originally branded Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia, is a $600 million casino, hotel, and entertainment complex slated to open in South Philadelphia’s Stadium District in the year 2020.
In fact, developers Stadium Casino LLC, a joint venture between Parx Casino and Racing’s Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment and Cordish Companies, which owns and operates the Live!-branded casinos, hotels, and entertainment venues across the country, received permits from Philadelphia’s Department of Licensing & Inspections in January 2018 to demolish the Holiday Inn at 900 Packer Ave. where it plans to build the project.
When it opens, Stadium Casino will be the second casino facility in the city of Philadelphia. The first is SugarHouse Casino, which opened up along the Delaware River in the city’s Fishtown neighborhood in 2010.
Stadium Casino online gambling overview
Stadium Casino has a unique approach to the Pennsylvania market. Its strategy seems to be that the business will move forward despite the fact that it doesn’t actually have a casino built.
The unbuilt Philadelphia-area casino was one of the eight casino licensees to apply for the triple pack of PA online casino licenses from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Even though its property has not opened for business, management paid $10 million for permits to offer online slots, online table games, and online poker.
It is likely that the Stadium online casino will be powered by GAN.
One of Stadium’s part owners is Greenwood Gaming, which also owns Parx Casino. Parx has a partnership with GAN, and it stands to reason that Stadium will take advantage of that relationship or use it as a jumping-off point.
In a related story, Stadium is also one of the successful bidders for a Category 4 casino – a so-called satellite or mini-casino. The casino management company paid just over $40 million to build one of these facilities in Derry, just east of Pittsburgh.
Stadium has already selected the site for the facility, taking over space in Westmoreland Mall. As odd as it sounds, Stadium will likely open its mini-casino open before its actual casino property in Philadelphia.
History of Stadium Casino
Stadium Casino LLC won a statewide bid for a casino license for the project in November 2014. It applied after the original Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia project failed to obtain financing and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) revoked its license.
However, SugarHouse Casino and three other applicants fought the decision to grant Stadium Casino LLC the license on the grounds Greenwood Gaming owner Bob Manoukian’s ownership interest in Parx prohibited him from owning more than a one-third of another Pennsylvania casino in accordance with state law.
The project spent the next three years held up in court. However, in October 2017, the state repealed the casino ownership laws as a part of its new gambling expansion laws. Opponents immediately dropped the lawsuits and the Stadium Casino project got the greenlight again.
Gaming, resort, entertainment, and sports destination
The site where construction will begin in 2018 sits in close proximity to:
- Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles
- Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers
- Citizens Bank Park, home to the Philadelphia Phillies
There are plans for world-class hotel-casino complex to complement these existing stadium district venues.
Plus, Stadium Casino LLC says it will be the first comprehensive gaming, resort, entertainment, and sports destination in the United States.
Stadium Casino will feature:
- A 100,000 square-foot casino
- 2,000 slot machines
- 150 table games
- A 33-table poker room
Plus, plans also include a 220-room boutique hotel with a pool, spa, and fitness center.
Additional amenities planned for the property include six locally and nationally-recognized restaurants, multiple nightclubs, and a 10,000-square-foot music and entertainment venue with a rooftop party deck.
Construction plans also call for a 2,600-space self-parking garage.
The facility is expected to draw another 4 million visitors annually in addition to the 8 million people who already visit the Stadium District to patronize the other facilities every year.
As a Category 2 casino license holder in the state, Stadium Casino is permitted to operate major resort amenities including restaurants, spas, and entertainment venues.
Stadium Casino LLC’s plan calls for the construction of no less than six locally and nationally-recognized restaurants on the property.
According to developers, the restaurants will range from high-end options to a modern diner, a food court, and a celebrity chef concept.
Entertainment and nightlife
Plans call for more than one nightclub to be built on the property. Plus, additional entertainment venues will include:
- 10,000-square-foot entertainment venue
- 6,500-square-foot private event space
- A 1,000-person music venue and rooftop party deck.
Stadium Casino’s Category 2 license means it cannot operate a hotel directly connected to the casino. However, a hotel may be built elsewhere on the property.
Who can play?
The minimum age to gamble at Stadium Casino will be 21, the same as it is at all of the licensed casino properties in the state of Pennsylvania.
Security and Fairness?
Just like every other casino in Pennsylvania, Stadium Casino will be licensed and regulated by PGCB. The board continually monitors all aspects of casino operations in the state to ensure and maintain the utmost standards of security and fairness.
Owners Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment and Cordish Companies also have stellar reputations in the US gaming industry, ensuring a high level of integrity.
Greenwood Gaming owns and operates Parx Casino and Racing, the largest casino in Pennsylvania. It first started operating as a licensed casino in 2009.
Cordish Companies portfolio of gaming facilities also includes licensed casinos in Maryland and Florida.
As a Category 2 casino license holder in the state, Stadium Casino is permitted to operate up to 250 table games and 5,000 slot machines. Stadium Casino LLC’s plan calls for 2,000 slot machines, 150 table games, and a 33-table poker room.
Because of its connection to Parx Casino and Racing, Stadium Casino might also offer the Xclub loyalty rewards program to players. The property is also connected to Maryland Live! Casino and Hotel and may offer membership into that property’s Live! Rewards’ Players Club.
Xclub membership is free for all players 21 and over.
New members can take advantage of various free slot play offers.
Xclub cardholders earn points for casino play. Then they can use these credits as comp dollars at any food and beverage outlet on the property.
Players earn one credit for every $20 wagered on slots or $60 wagered on video poker. Table game play also earns credits. However, the rates vary based on the game played, average bet and time played. Comp dollars expire 90 days from the day earned.
Regular players also qualify for free slot play and match play offers, sweepstakes entries, and other perks.
Xclub is a tiered program, with tiers based on how many credits a player earns in a six-month period. Players retain that tier for the next six months.
Xclub card holders are also eligible for discounts at various Parx community partners, including area hotels.
The Live! Rewards Players Club is free to all players 21 and over.
Members of the club earn Retail Points for shopping on the property as well as Rewards Points for gambling. They also earn Tier Points that can result in increased earning power for the player.
Player’s earn 1 Tier Point and 1 Reward Point for every $1 bet on slots, $2 on video poker, and $6 on electronic table games. The number of Tier Points and Reward Points earned on traditional table games vary based on game type, length of play and average bet.
Poker players earn 100 Tier Points and 100 Reward Points for every hour playing poker.
Purchases at Maryland Live! Casino outlet or Shop Live! earn retail points at a rate of one for every $1 spent.
Players can redeem 600 Reward Points $1 in comps on the property.
All indications are Stadium Casino will be a world-class hotel, casino and entertainment complex. It’s sure to include great gambling, dining, entertainment and accommodation options as well.
Stadium Casino wants to be a major eastern US gaming, resort, and entertainment destination. Operators are hoping to attract gamblers who might otherwise go to nearby Atlantic City. Plus, they also want people accustomed to visiting Philadelphia’s Stadium District for entertainment to have an additional option.
Initial plans suggest they will be successful in this endeavor. The property’s growing reputation as the premier comprehensive gaming, resort, entertainment, and sports destination in the United States should only be cemented as further details about additional amenities emerge.
Philadelphia is well down the road to seeing the opening of a second casino inside city limits and the upside here is developers want it to be a more than just a regional casino property, with a food court and a shopping mall.
Plans are to make Stadium Casino a Las Vegas-style resort casino with top-notch amenities that could quickly change the face of the gambling industry in the state by merging entertainment, sports, gambling in a way Pennsylvania has never seen before.