Coming Soon: Live! Casino Philadelphia Grand Opening Set for February

Posted By Kevin Shelly on January 4, 2021 - Last Updated on January 6, 2021

Live! Casino Philadelphia had hoped to open before the start of 2021. But COVID-19 and city and state health officials had other plans.

Originally targeting a late January date, the destination casino in the Stadium District of Philadelphia announced on Wednesday their official Grand Opening on Thursday, Feb.11 at 8 p.m. – pending PGCB approval.

Both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania approved the resumption of live casino play starting Monday, Jan. 4.

Preview Days begin Jan. 19 with Grand Opening to follow

Before the Grand Opening to the public, Live! will have some test runs.

Beginning Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. will be a series of Preview Days, open to Live! Rewards Club members. These events will be reservation-only.

The Cordish Companies’ Live! Rewards program allows players to accumulate points across any of their retail gaming facilities. Players can now also earn tier credits online via the PlayLive! mobile app.

Live! Casino Philadelphia is putting on the finishing touches

The casino has been hiring since early November, and a sister Live! Casino property opened near Pittsburgh in late November.

The company already has an online casino up and running.

FanDuel will run Live!’s retail sportsbook. A huge sign recently went up outside as a reminder. And the Live! opening should mean a new 29-seat poker room.

Workers were busily applying outside finishing touches on Monday at one entrance to the Philly property.

Signs have gone up recently, including a massive changeable one at the corner of South Darien St. and Packer Ave.

The casino interior is partially visible and looks ready for action.

In-depth preview of Live! Casino Philadelphia available

PlayPennsylvania recently published an extensive three-part preview series on the project.

The first part looks at the history of the site, the project and the developer – The Cordish Companies of Baltimore.

The Live! casino and entertainment complex adjoins the Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field, Citizens Bank Park, and an existing Cordish/Comcast-Spectacor development, an entertainment and dining center known as Xfinity Live!

The new project shakes up the Philly region’s brick-and-mortar gaming market, which is also explored in Part 1. An extensive timeline is also included in the first installment.

Part 2 delves into other casinos’ revenue figures in the region and plans for cross-promotions with sports and tourism for Live!

And Part 3 examines how Live! hopes to fit into the city and neighborhood while also marketing itself as a destination casino.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated Jan. 6 with opening dates confirmed by Live!

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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