Baltimore Awaits Its 'Next Great Attraction'
By: Brenda Ruggiero - CEG CORRESPONDENT
Preliminary construction on the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore site shortly after the official groundbreaking in May 2013.
The facility will serve as the city's southern gateway and will be integrated with existing hotels, restaurants and retail outlets throughout Baltimore.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be located just south of M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens (seen in the distance).
Crews work on the exterior of the three-story Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in December 2013.
A casino that will serve as the southern gateway to the city of Baltimore, Md., is currently taking shape on Russell Street on Baltimore's south side. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be the second largest casino in the state. It was planned as a city-integrated casino designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospital operators, neighboring sports venues M & T Bank Stadium (home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens) and Oriole Park at Camden Yards (home of the MLB's Orioles) and the city's famed Inner Harbor.
The full development value is $442 million, and the general contractor is Whiting-Turner of Baltimore.
The official groundbreaking was held on May 29, 2013, and the project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2014. The project is currently on schedule.
The full-service casino entertainment facility will house 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games, and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room on a 122,000 sq. ft. gaming floor.
The facility will include multiple restaurants and bars, including multiple celebrity chef venues and a Baltimore Marketplace featuring several of Charm City's favorite eateries, as well as a multi-purpose entertainment room. A seven-level parking garage will include nearly 4,000 spaces.
The project includes a total of 2,000 construction jobs.
“Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be the city's next great attraction,” said Chad Barnhill, senior vice president and general manager of the casino.
“Already home to an exceptional aquarium and science center, many important historic landmarks and two great professional sports teams, about the only thing that Baltimore is missing is a world-class casino. When it opens in the third quarter of 2014, Horseshoe Baltimore will serve as the city's southern gateway, helping to transform the Russell Street corridor and extend the tourism district south from M&T Bank Stadium. We're looking forward to inviting our existing customers throughout the country to experience all that downtown has to offer — staying in local hotels, eating in local restaurants, shopping at local retailers and enjoying the region's best casino entertainment experience.
“When we open in 2014, we're going to redefine casino entertainment in Maryland. Horseshoe Baltimore will be home to the best slot machines and table games, but we'll also feature unique national promotions, World Series of Poker Circuit tournaments, multiple celebrity chef dining establishments, innovative special events and amazing local restaurants as part of our Baltimore Marketplace. As the only city integrated casino in the state, we'll also partner with Baltimore's great hotels, sports teams and other attractions to provide player rewards and experiences that no other casino can replicate.”
The casino is being developed by CBAC Gaming LLC, and Caesars Entertainment Corp. is the lead investor and will serve as the operator of Horseshoe Baltimore. Caesars Entertainment is the world's most geographically diversified casino entertainment company, with more than 50 casino resorts in six countries and the most recognized brands in gaming, including: Caesars, Horseshoe, Harrah's, Total Rewards, and World Series Poker.