PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The long-awaiting Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia is set to open its doors in South Philly. Finishing touches are still taking place but after eight years, the wait is over for Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia. It’s the newest addition to the stadium district in South Philly.
“This has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? That we’ve been talking about the Live! project here in Philadelphia,” Robert Norton of Cordish Gaming said. “Everything that we do is done with a flair for doing it like a family.”RELATED: COVID In Philadelphia: Restaurants To Be Allowed To Raise Indoor Capacity To 50% If They Pass Air Quality Test
PHILADELPHIA - The sounds of construction waged on Thursday as Joe Billhimer stood just inside the 10th Street entrance of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. Through the doors, less than a block. Open 24/7/365, the property features more than 30 live action table games; approximately 750 slot machines; and a High Limit room. Casino has committed to serve as a transformative.
And they will welcome you like a family.
The casino and hotel is a massive 510,000 square feet and costs nearly $700 million to build. Once fully operational the casino will employ over 2,000 people, and they’re still hiring.
Hotel, recognized as the only AAA Four Diamond rated accommodation in the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport district, sets a new standard in luxury. Each of the spacious 310 rooms and 52 suites boast a sleek, chic contemporary design. Every meeting, event, and convention can be unconventionally awesome at Live! With a luxury hotel & spa, an aspiring array of restaurants, and world-class event center with flexible meeting space, Live!® has it all! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will be developed, owned and managed by Stadium Casino RE, LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, the premier developer of Live! Dining, entertainment, gaming.
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The 12-story attached hotel has over 200 rooms with views of all of South Philadelphia, the Philadelphia skyline, and close-up views of Citizens Bank Park.
However, the pandemic is at the top of their minds.
“Our first priority is to make everybody as safe and comfortable as they can be, so they can enjoy and have a good time,” Norton said.
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COVID precautions are in place. Capacity will be limited per city and state guidelines. Also, acrylic barriers surround gaming tables, and an air filtration system exchanges the air in the building up to 12 times an hour. When at the slot machines social distancing is going high tech.
“When you sit down on your favorite machine, as soon as you start playing it shuts down the machines at either side of you,” Norton said.
The casino opens to the general public on Tuesday.
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