Phase 1 of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem will soft launch this Friday with 3,000 slot machines and electronic table games, four restaurants, two lounges, and a bar. A grand opening will be held on June 9th.
Built in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the old Bethlehem Steel mill, the $743 million Sands Bethlehem is expected to pose some serious competition to Atlantic City. Bethlehem is just a one-hour drive from Philadelphia and New Jersey and 90 minutes from Manhattan, a prime location that is expected to siphon away customers from already struggling Atlantic City casinos. Later this year, the casino will be even more attractive when it opens up more floor space and adds 2,000 more slot machines, giving it a total of 139,000 square-feet of gaming floor and 5,000 slot machines. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's largest casino, has a 161,000-square-foot gaming floor with 4,100 slot machines.
What you will not find is the luxury shopping mall, a 300 room hotel, and a sprawling convention center that were originally planned. Those projects are "on hold" until economy and credit markets improve, but don't hold your breath.
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Posted by Jacob on 05/19 at 06:36 PM
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