Some exciting changes are taking place at the popular Meadows Racetrack and Casino facility including renovations and the addition of a sportsbook. As it was reported recently, the venue is currently undergoing renovations and other changes as it adds its very first sportsbook. Big sections of the venue are currently being closed according to one Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.
The Vice lounge closed its doors several weeks ago ahead of the major renovation and construction of a brand-new sportsbook facility located within the casino. Then, the facility’s food court was also closed in July for the installation of a brand-new, restaurant concept led by Fabio Viviani. When it comes to the casino floor, it will also undergo major change including a complete reconfiguration of the slot machines which is set for the following week.
The gaming floor should be renovated completely by November. When it comes to the Headliners lounge, it will probably close its doors to the public in October. The renovation of this section will last for three months as it includes making major renovations such as adding new seating.
Applied for a Sportsbook License in July
Following on the news, the Meadows Racetrack and Casino’s general manager and spokesperson Tony Frabbiele said that renovations that are currently taking place are touching every part of the non-gaming and gaming floor. He also added that the casino’s fully renovated areas will offer a whole another level of entertainment to its customers. The casino’s officials filed for a necessary sportsbook license with the state’s Gaming Control Board on the 3rd of July.
The main plan for this section is to keep the facility’s massive bar section and to install some new, modern seating, multiple TV screens and eventually add five teller cages. However, the facility’s officials still have to make a full presentation to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board and if approved, they have to pay a fine of around $10 million. If approved, all of the newly added gaming equipment will be tested to make sure that everything is operating as expected.
Obtained a Gambling License in 2006
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino complex is located around twenty-five miles from Pittsburg in North Strabane Township. The facility is operated by Penn National Gaming and owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties. The very first facility of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino complex was established in 1962. It was a massive racing track that was operated by the prominent Washington Trotting Association. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino introduced major technological advancements in years to come.
When it comes to the company’s casino business, the Meadows Racetrack and Casino filed for a gambling license to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board in 2006 two years after the state’s officials passed gambling legislation. The Meadows was just one of several facilities to file for their gaming licenses. The company broke ground for its very first casino facility on the 16th of November, 2006. The casino opened its doors on the 11th of June, 2007.
That same year, the Meadows Racetrack and Casino held a big ceremony to mark the start of the grandstand removal that was necessary in order to clear area for the permanent gambling facility which opened on the 15th of April, 2009 while the temporary facility closed its doors. Some of the amenities featured here include a massive 350,000 square foot casino floor with more than three thousand slot machines alongside café restaurants, a food court, steakhouse, VIP boxes, a massive bowling center and more.