$600 Million Stadium Casino Project To Go Live! In Philly In 2020

Written By Jessica Welman on December 14, 2017 - Last Updated on April 27, 2022
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[toc]Now that all the legal hurdles are behind them, the group behind the new Pennsylvania casino in the Stadium District of Philadelphia can start looking forward.

That is exactly what the group behind the Philly Live! casino project is doing too. The firm released an updated fact sheet on the property, including some key dates for construction.

Philly Live! construction will begin next year, open in 2020

After three years of inactivity, construction crews will break ground on the project next year. The state approved the casino in 2014, but a legal fight from SugarHouse Casino and others held up the site’s progress.

However, the passage of the new gambling expansion law changed gaming laws enough that SugarHouse dropped its suit. As a reuslt, Philly Live! was ready to resume development early last month.

The Cordish Companies is one of the groups behind the new project. The company owns and operates several entertainment complexes under the Live! banner. It also has another casino, Maryland Live!

Cordish recently updated the info sheet on the new Philadelphia property, which will be adjacent to the company’s existing Xfinity Live! entertainment and shopping center.

Construction on the property begins next year. The doors are set to open in 2020.

The $600 million facility will create 3,000 construction jobs. When it comes time to open the facility, the group will need to fill 2,000 permanent jobs.

Philly Live! to feature 2,000 slots, 125 table games

The previous price tag on Philly Live! was $425 million. Blame inflation or blame loftier plans, but the cost on the project is now projected at $600 million.

That chunk of change will build a casino floor equipped with 2,000 slot machines in addition to 125 table games.

To put that amount of gaming in context, here is a look at the other major casinos in the state:

In addition to the gaming, the facility will also include a boutique hotel on site. The current plan is to build around 200 rooms for the facility.

Finally, there will be a 2,600-space parking garage.

Cordish hopes for one-of-a-kind gaming experience

In its updated stat sheet, Cordish also points out how much the new Philly Live! casino will integrate with existing entertainment options in the Stadium District area.

Here are some of the company’s thoughts, directly from the project’s website:

“The project will be conveniently located in the heart of the Stadium District in South Philadelphia, immediately proximate to XFINITY Live!, The Cordish Companies’ premier dining & entertainment district. The project will create the first comprehensive gaming, resort, entertainment and sports destination in the United States, making it a true regional destination.”

The location to the major league sports stadium is a new wrinkle for Pennsylvania. In particular, if sports betting ends up being a go in the Keystone State.

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Jessica Welman has been a key voice in the legal betting industry since the repeal of PASPA in 2018. She contributed to and formerly managed several Catena Play-branded sites including PlayPennsylvania, PlayTenn and PlayIndiana. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for WSOP.com.

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